shop SFMW vintage online now!

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Floral Midi Dress: SFMW Vintage | Sheer Beige Midi Dress: SFMW Vintage | Dusty Rose Velvet Burnout Top: SFMW Vintage | Washed Black Mom Jeans: SFMW Vintage

So I teased something super exciting last week that is finally here!! Songs From My Wardrobe Vintage is now live on Etsy!! You guys can head over HERE and shop all the pieces pictured above from head to toe, plus tons more! The shop will also be updated weekly so make sure you check back often. Since everything is one-of-a-kind vintage, act fast if you see something you like because it might not be there the next day.

I’ve been working on SFMW Vintage for the last few months, from sourcing all the items to getting everything set up, and I’m so happy that I can finally share something that I love and have worked so hard on with all of you. Vintage clothing is something that I absolutely love, and if you know me, you know that I regularly shop vintage for that perfect, one-of-a-kind find. I know vintage shopping may not be for everyone. Some people hate the idea of scouring through racks upon racks of clothing just to find that perfect piece. For me, it’s all about the thrill of the hunt. So I thought it would be perfect to do the work for you guys so you can shop some amazing vintage pieces in my store without the hassle of digging it up yourself (not to mention that buying vintage is also great for the environment!).  Opening up my own online vintage store is something that I’ve always wanted to do myself anyways, and just like how I started this blog with no expectations, I decided to finally take the leap and start my store as well.

Each piece has been carefully handpicked by myself, and some are even pre-loved pieces from my own collection. I hope you guys love it as much as I do.

I’ll also be putting out another mini lookbook next week featuring more items that will be made available at the same time.  Make sure you stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to shop all the current pieces available HERE now!

And for all my readers, if you use the discount code “GRANDOPENING15”, you can also get 15% off your entire order from now until June 3rd.

If you guys purchase anything, I would LOVE to see how you guys rock it! You can tag @sfmwvintage on Instagram and we would love to feature you.

Happy shopping everyone!

you’re fire, but sweet, hot coals beneath my feet

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Sweater: Aritzia | Pants: Brandy Melville Tilden Pants | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell Starburst | Sunnies: Ray Ban

As you can probably tell from these pictures, we’ve finally been getting some sunshine around here! Hopefully this set of pictures will be one of the last where you’ll see me wearing a sweater for a while, because I’m so excited to post more Spring/Summer appropriate outfits coming up now that the weather has finally decided to cooperate. Speaking of which, you do not want to miss next week’s blog post as I will be launching something SUPER EXCITING for this season! Definitely stay tuned.

For this week’s outfit, I wanted to have fun with these super cool striped pants. They’re from Brandy Melville which I know is a bit controversial for some because of their one size fits most standard, but I actually think these pants could fit many as they are super stretchy! Aside from the elastic waistband, the material itself that these pants are made from have a very good amount of stretch to them as well. Because of this, they’re also very comfortable.  When I’m not wearing high waisted mom jeans, my other go-to for bottoms are fun, printed, comfortable pants! I usually prefer more flowy, bohemian styles of pants, but these striped ones have found a way into my heart. Brandy Melville also makes this exact same style of pants in a variety of different prints and patterns, but I personally think these vertical stripes are the most flattering. If you didn’t know, vertical stripes help to elongate the legs, and who wouldn’t want legs for days?! Just like how horizontal stripes tend to make you look wider, vertical stripes make you look leaner. With that said, these pants are definitely one of the more flattering pairs of printed pants you’ll find.

To go along with the print of these pants, I decided to keep it more simple on top with this sweater. Although plain, this sweater has some distressed details on the hem of the waist and the sleeves, adding a little bit more edge to this look. If it were a warmer day out, I would definitely swap out the sweater for one of my vintage Harley tees instead. To finish off my outfit, I thought I would play up the pattern in the pants by pairing them with these amazing studded booties. These booties instantly elevate any look and add a bit of of that badass, rocker-chic vibe to any outfit.

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I mentioned a band called LANY which I discovered through my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist a few years ago. Let me just say that if you’re not listening to your Discover Weekly playlist, you’re missing out big time. This specially curated playlist on Spotify is made just for you based on the kind of music and artists you listen to. And all I can tell you is that it’s always spot on. For me anyways. I’ve discovered some amazing bands through this playlist, LANY being one of them, and this week’s band, flor, being another.

When I first stumbled upon Warm Blood by flor on my playlist, I was instantly hooked. I played the song again and again and then proceeded to go on their page to listen to all their other songs. The band blends indie rock with synth pop to create catchy atmospheric sounds, perfect for those warm summer nights. Warm Blood in particular is one of my faves by them, perhaps because it’s the first song I ever heard by them, but is also the whole reason why I fell in love with this band in the first place. This is one of those sweet, innocent, love songs, expressing unconditional love for another person no matter the circumstances. Young love at its finest.  So fitting because I actually saw flor perform this past Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend. They were amazing live, way better than I expected, so full of energy that it made me fall in love with this band even more.

If you’re into bands like LANY, Smallpools, or COIN, definitely check out flor and their debut album “come out. you’re hiding”.

can i let the trees do the talking?

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Leather Aviator Jacket: Vintage | Sweater: Aerie (old) | Jeans: Free People | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell Stillwell boots

It may officially be May, but the flowers have yet to bloom here in Toronto. Instead, we’re still getting a lot of the leftover April showers. Some days are nice and sunny, but others are clouded by grey skies resulting in cold and wet days.

Case in point last weekend. Last Saturday was cold, dreary and dark. But it was also the perfect opportunity for me to finally take this amazing vintage leather jacket that I purchased while thrifting in NYC this past January out for a spin (check out my haul from that trip here).  I had actually been wanting a brown leather aviator jacket for a while so when I just happened to stumble upon this one in such good condition and for only $40, I knew it was meant to be!  I feel like this jacket is either a hit or miss with most people – you either love it or you hate it.  I love it, perhaps because it reminds me of a “Dad jacket” – pretty much what I imagine a Dad in the 70s/80s to have worn. I’m pretty sure my Dad even had a similar jacket when I was growing up in the 90s.

I feel like this oversized jacket is such a statement piece, so I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit quite simple and not overwhelm my frame. I paired it with these Free People blue denim skinnies with rips in the knees (I obviously love these jeans since I wear my black ones ALL the time!) to keep the outfit streamlined. Since it was pretty cold out, I had to wear a sweater underneath. I think grey goes so well with brown, so I opted for this super soft, grey, cropped mockneck sweater. To finish it off, I wore these brown leather Jeffrey Campbell booties on my feet. The colour of these boots are literally the exact same colour as the dark brown cuffs and waistband on the jacket, perfectly tying in the whole outfit together.

To go along with the mood this week, I thought it would be appropriate to feature the song The Listening by Lights. I’ve been listening to so much older music lately. Not as old as what my parents would’ve listened to back in the day, but I mean music that I used to listen to when I was in high school. The Listening is off of Lights’ debut album of the same name which was released in 2009. I remember being OBSESSED with this album back then. At the time, I was really into pop punk and alternative rock music, so having this Canadian female synth-pop artist come along (aka Lights) was music that was new to me, but I was hooked. Beneath all the catchy hooks, her songs still have an underlying tone of sadness, which my moody self resonated so much with at the time.

Have you ever said something to a loved one in the heat of the moment, and it came out all wrong because you weren’t in the right state of mind? I’m pretty sure you have. I’m sure we all have. This is pretty much what The Listening is about, more or less. Whether it be an argument we’re in the middle of, or the chaos and stress of our day to day lives, our minds are constantly clouded by so many different emotions that it’s hard to think straight at times. In times like these, it’s easy to let these negative thoughts and emotions take over and we let it out on those we love the most. We know that those who love us will understand and will be there for us even after all is said and done.

I’m guilty of letting my emotions get the best of me and taking it out on my loved ones quite often. One thing that I find helpful when I find myself feeling this way is to just take a moment to myself to just breathe. A small little meditation session perhaps, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. I’ll close my eyes and just focus on my breath, every inhale and exhale. I always feel so much better afterwards and find that this helps me move forward with a clear mind. If you’re ever feeling this way, I suggest you try this little technique as well! Spare your loved ones the heat of your wrath – they did nothing wrong to you.  Hopefully this helps you out just as much as it has helped me.

what would victoria wear: to a concert | WWVW

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Harley Tee: Vintage | Jeans: Free People | Denim Jacket: Vintage Levi’s (similar) | Booties: Steve Madden (similar) | Sunnies: Rayban

 

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Tee: Zara (old) | Leather Jacket: Zara | Pants: American Apparel | Booties: Steve Madden (similar) | Sunnies: Rayban

You guys, I’m so excited to be starting a new series on here called What Would Victoria Wear, where I basically outline what I would wear for a specific occasion/event/holiday, etc! So to start it off, I thought it would only make sense to have my first post be about what I would wear to a concert.

Since the weather is FINALLY starting to warm up, it means that it’s finally starting to feel like Spring! And one of my favourite things about Spring is all the concerts in the city. Aside from Fall, Spring is definitely a great season to check out a show or two as tons of bands happen to tour around this time of the year. So to help you guys out before you head off to any upcoming concerts, I thought I would break down what I wear when I go to a concert myself. If you didn’t know, I’m an avid concert go-er. You’ll find me at at least one or two concerts a month (if you’re interested in knowing my top 5 concerts from last year, click here!), so I definitely know a thing or two when it comes to concert dressing. Always remember though that you should dress however you like! Take these tips as helpful pointers, and use them to help inspire you to dress in your own way and what makes you the most comfortable.

Before I get into the specific outfit details, I also wanted to mention that what I wear to a concert also depends on the type of concert I’m going to, even though the idea is always the same. The first outfit is something I would wear to a more casual concert or something like a filthy rock show. The type of show where I know I’ll be sweating and having my face melt off, so to speak. On the other hand, if I know I’m going to a fancier concert, like an arena show or a fun electronic night out type of concert, then I would go for the second outfit. It’s a bit more dressed up and has a bit more bling to keep me going throughout the night.

So without further adieu, here are my concert essentials:

Oversized Graphic Tee:  

One of the most important things for me when going to a concert is to be comfortable. You’re there to watch the band perform after all, it’s not a fashion show. So comfort is always key. And what’s more comfortable than a good ol’ t-shirt? You can wear any kind of t-shirt you’d like, but I love how a fun graphic tee adds a bit more pizzazz to an outfit. Sometimes I’ll even opt for a band tee of the band I’m seeing (just don’t wear a t-shirt of a different band than the one you’re seeing – it’s common courtesy!). In terms of the fit, I always opt for an oversized tee. It’s more comfortable and you can always tuck it in the front for that slouchy and effortlessly cool look.

Skinny Pants:  

Since I usually opt for a looser fit on the top, I make sure to balance it out with a tighter fit on the bottom – hence the skinny pants. My go-to pairs of skinnies for a concert are my black skinny jeans with the holes in the knees or my American Apparel disco pants. I love black skinnies for a rock concert since they look so badass with any graphic tee. And for a more elevated look, my disco pants are so fun. Perfect for a night out of dancing along with your favourite band.

Lightweight Jacket: 

I live in Canada so it’s cold out the  majority of the time. Hence the need for a jacket 9 out of the 12 months of the year. However, who wants to wait in line and pay for coat check once you get into the venue, and wait in an even longer line to retrieve your coat once the concert ends? No one. So having a lightweight jacket to get you to and from your car/subway to the venue is absolutely necessary! The reason a lightweight jacket works best is because once you get inside and you’re halfway into the concert, you’ll probably be feeling hot and a little stuffy. This is when you can easily just take the jacket off and tie it around your waist without it being too bulky (as I’ve shown in the first outfit). No need to get coat check, and it keeps your hands free so you can continue moving around or holding onto your drink. If it’s a bit warmer out like during the summer months, you can swap out the jacket and even just wear a thin cardigan or flannel instead.

Platform Booties:  

The black booties I’m wearing in both outfits are my literal go-to pair of concert shoes. And I mean it when I say it that I actually wear these shoes to every single concert I attend. These boots are durable, go with everything, add height, and are super comfortable, which is why they’re the PERFECT concert shoes! Out of everything that I deem necessary for a concert, a great pair of comfortable platform booties are my number one. A platform instantly adds height so if you’re a shorty like me who can’t see over the heads of those taller people standing in front of you at a concert, platform shoes give you a little boost. But just because they add height, it doesn’t mean that they’re uncomfortable. Platforms also have a heel in the front so it kind of evens out the height in the arch of the foot, so they’re actually very, very comfortable, even when you’re standing for a few hours at a concert.  Materials like leather (real or faux, it doesn’t matter) are usually the most durable for shoes as well. They repel liquids better than a material like suede for example, and don’t scratch as easily.  I recommend finding a pair of inexpensive leather booties if you’re looking for a concert shoe. Truth be told, I’ve stepped on some sticky floors, had people step on my feet while dancing and jumping around, and even had a few drinks spilled on them, so you definitely don’t want to spend a ton of money on an expensive pair of concert shoes. The exact ones I’m wearing aren’t available anymore, but these Vagabond Dioon boots as well as these Vagabond Grace boots are extremely similar.

Well there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to any concerts coming up and who you’re seeing! I’ll be catching Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Sylvan Esso just to name a few in the coming months. Also, let me know if you have any requests for future WWVW blog posts. I would love to hear your feedback!

the closer i get, the farther i have to go

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Jacket: Free People Daytrip Bomber (similar) | Bodysuit: Topshop | Jeans: Vintage Guess (similar)| Belt: Vintage | Booties: Steve Madden (similar)

Can it just be Spring already!? While it seems like every other city is finally starting to warm up, Toronto was faced with an ice storm last week, which kept me inside the entire weekend (which wasn’t the worst thing since I ended up streaming Coachella live on YouTube all weekend).  How depressing is it that it’s already mid April and this is what we still have to deal with? Fingers crossed for warmer and sunnier days ahead, hopefully much, much sooner rather than later.

In the mean time, I’m looking back at these pictures which were taken on a much nicer and sunnier day. Even though the weather was nice outside on this day, these pictures kind of give me a melancholic feeling – kind of like how I’m sure everyone in Toronto feels right now about the lack of Spring weather.

For this outfit, I decided to rock this super fun, printed bomber. I’m sure we all know that bombers have been trendy for the last two years or so. But what makes this bomber different from the rest of them is definitely the print and the colours! Most of the ones that we’ve seen are either plain black or olive green coloured, or the Japanese silk bombers with a Tiger or some kind of graphic on the back. I absolutely adore how this Free People bomber has so many different colours in it, but they’re muted so that it’s not too flashy. The colours combined with the floral and paisley print of it gives this otherwise street style outerwear piece a very bohemian vibe, which you guys know is what I’m all about. Definitely check out Free People if you’re looking for a fun, statement jacket for Spring (I’ve linked a similar one above)!

Since this jacket is such a statement piece on it’s own, I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit pretty simple. I paired it with this lilac coloured bodysuit to go along with the bits of light purple in the jacket. The light-washed high waist mom jeans which I wear with almost everything really help to make the outfit very Spring appropriate by keeping with the lighter colour scheme. For shoes, you can never go wrong with black booties. They go well with this look because it helps to tie the entire outfit together since the jacket has some black in it as well. And I can’t forget about this white leather vintage belt. This is literally my most worn belt. I love that it’s white because we don’t see white belts too often, and the gold hardware just makes it look so classy and put together. All in all, a perfect Springtime look if you ask me!

So I mentioned earlier that there’s just something about these pictures that kind of makes me feel melancholic, so I figured I should also feature a song this week that gives me the same feeling. You & I by Local Natives does just that. Actually, quite a lot of Local Natives songs do that for me, but You & I is one of my faves. I’ve already mentioned Local Natives a few times on this blog now, so I’m sure you guys know how much I love them. They’re one of my favourite bands after all.

You & I is about a relationship in which the individual’s feelings about it have changed. Where one individual perhaps has fallen out of love, and the other is still in love, trying to salvage what’s left.  In other words, a relationship in which there is no reciprocation. We all know that relationships only work when there’s reciprocation on both ends, so this song explores the loneliness and emptiness that one feels when they don’t receive the same love back. I’m sure we all feel the rainbows and butterflies during the early stages of a new relationship, but the hardest part is what comes after that stage. The line “when did your love go cold?” just reinforces how an individual’s feelings can diminish and they can lose interest in a relationship over time, once the honeymoon stage is over. It’s just how it goes.  And of course, it is so painful when you’re the person on the other end still trying to hang on to the relationship. Trying to be “closer” to your significant other, but in the end, all you feel after all your efforts is “the farther I have to go” due to the lack of reciprocation.

Wow, I didn’t mean for this blog post to sound so depressing. But just remember, life will always be filled with ups and downs. A quote I read the other day reminded me of why it’s so important to just feel, whether it be feelings of happiness or sadness. It said that “not to feel is to stop the heart from breathing”.  Just being able to feel is part of human nature. Whether you’re the person falling out of love, or you’re the person trying to salvage the relationship, just know that however you feel for the other person, you cannot control.  It’s so important to just be honest with our ourselves and each other, and to just allow our hearts to feel what it needs to in order to lead us in the right direction.  When we go through the bad times and feel pain, anger or sadness, it’s so that we can appreciate the good times and the feelings of happiness, joy and love that much more.

On that note, I hope everyone is feeling all the happiness and joy out there today!

welcome to the jungle, are you gonna dance with me?

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Dress: Forever 21 (old), Vegan Leather Fringe Jacket: BLANKNYC (similar)

You guys, Coachella Weekend 1 has kicked off which means it’s officially the start of festival season!!!! If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you may have noticed that I love bohemian fashion, and I’m obviously a huge music lover as well, so festival season is literally my favourite time of the year! I love going to concerts year round too, but there’s just something about the laid-back vibe of festivals that you just can’t really compare to. Nothing beats dancing under the sun till dusk with your best friends, day drinking, and just hanging out listening to music that you love for a couple of days.

To celebrate the start of festival season, I thought that I would put together an outfit that I would wear to one. Keep in mind that it’s still pretty cold here in Toronto when I took these pictures, so this outfit may not be the most appropriate if you’re heading out to the desert for Coachella during the day. I would say that this outfit would best be suited for a festival like Glastonbury (just swap out the shoes for rainboots), or perhaps during nighttime at Coachella (since I’ve heard the desert does get chilly at night). Since it’s still early in the season and I love festival fashion so much, stay tuned because I will definitely have another festival outfits blog post up in the coming months.

When it comes to dressing for a music festival, the most important thing is to dress comfortably! While you’re walking around the festival grounds all day and dancing to the music, the pain of blisters forming on your feet or feeling conscious in a too-short outfit should be the last thing on your mind. For me, a flowy dress is always a great option for a festival because it’s literally the most easy and comfortable thing to wear. Short dresses are cute, but I especially love midi dresses because you don’t have to worry about the skirt blowing up and you can also sit comfortably on the grass without flashing anyone when you just wanna chill out.

Another festival favourite for me is anything with fringe!! I don’t know why, but I always think of fringe when I think of festival fashion. This is especially great when you find the perfect fringe jacket to wear. Since you’re at the festival all day, having something to throw on over your outfit for when it gets chilly at night is a necessity. I love this leather jacket because it’s lightweight yet the tiniest bit oversized, making it super comfortable to dance to the closing set in.

Now if you’re heading to Coachella this weekend or next, first of all, I’m extremely jealous! But secondly, make sure to enjoy your time and check out some of the AMAZING artists on the lineup! I’m actually really impressed with the lineup this year – definitely one of my favorites for 2018. One artist on the lineup (and is actually quite heavy on the festival circuit this year) that you definitely need to check out is Tash Sultana. If you haven’t heard of her yet, where have you been!? This girl started out busking the streets in Australia, and her popularity has since risen rapidly after videos of her performing on the streets and in her bedroom made their way onto Youtube. I’ve been obsessed with Tash Sultana for a while now, so the song featured today is Jungle – one of her most popular songs. You definitely need to take a listen to it below, or even better, go catch her set at Coachella on Saturday. I bet you’ll have the time of your life watching her shred that guitar and do her thang. She is one badass chick.

And if you’re not heading to Coachella this year, let me know if you’ll be heading to another music festival instead! I’ll be at Osheaga in Montreal this year (where I’m super stoked to catch Tash Sultana!!!!). For the time being though, you’ll find me streaming Coachella Live on Youtube all weekend. Also make sure to stay tuned for a full festival outfits post in the next few months. It truly is the most magical and wonderful time of the year.

when I see your light shine, I know I’m home

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Blouse: Free People Smell The Roses Dot Top, Mom Jeans: Topshop, Booties: Topshop

Slowly but surely, the weather is finally starting to warm up here in Toronto. I don’t know how I did it over the winter, taking pictures outside in the freezing cold. The pictures this week were taken on a sunny, slightly warm (but still a bit windy) day, and it made me appreciate the feeling of the warm sun just shining down on me as I sat on the railroad track. I forgot how nice that feels. And for the first time in a long time, I was able to be outside without a jacket on for more than 5 minutes at a time!

For this week’s outfit, I decided to pair this polka dot blouse with my standard high waisted mom jeans. This top is amazing – the style of it with the ruffles and voluminous, banded sleeves gives it such a Victorian feel, but the cropped length keeps it looking modern. As for the pattern, let’s just say that polka dots are gonna be HUGE for this Spring/Summer. I prefer smaller polka dots like the one on this blouse because I find that larger polka dots tend to look a bit clown-ish. However, smaller polka dots are just so darn cute, delicate, and much more wearable. I’m sure we all have something polka dotted in our wardrobe as this is such a classic pattern, so now is definitely the time to take it out and rock it! If sporting an entirely polka dotted piece is too out there for you, definitely try incorporating it through an accessory. I’ve seen polka dotted headbands, scarves, and even shoes! Such an easy and subtle way to rock the trend, while adding that little special touch to spice up your outfit.

If you do decide to try a polka dotted blouse (or perhaps polka dots on the bottom), be sure to pair it with a solid colour on the other half of your body to balance it out. We all know that black goes with anything and everything, so with this blouse, I decided to pair my favourite washed black mom jeans since it’s not yet warm enough for shorts. But once it is, I can definitely picture this top with vintage black Levi’s cutoff shorts, or even a light washed blue denim shorts and some easy slides on the feet.

So I didn’t just pose on this railroad track for no reason.  For me, railroad tracks always remind me of returning home to family/loved ones and so I wanted to incorporate a song with that theme. I feel like there are so many songs out there with that theme, but for some reason I had such a hard time thinking of one. Then I started listening to Vance Joy’s new album Nation of Two. Even though it was only released a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. Especially the song We’re Going Home. And that’s when it clicked – this song would be perfect for this week’s blog post! I believe this song was previously released as one of the singles off the album. Perfect timing because this is such a dreamy springtime love song! I just imagine it playing in the final scene of the movie where the girl is staring out the train window after deciding to return to her lover, with the sun halfway shining on her face (coincidentally very similar to the opening scene of the music video). I’m sure the majority of you have already listened to it, but if not, check out We’re Going Home below, as well as the rest of the album.

i can learn to lose you, toying with our used youth

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Midi Dress: Reformation Salem Dress, Necklace: Etsy, Booties: Topshop

Another week, another blog post, another checked patterned outfit?! Two weeks ago in this blog post I promised you guys I would have another outfit up soon with this menswear checked pattern that I’m clearly obsessed with currently. As you can tell, throughout the last few months I’ve been wearing this pattern and it’s not going anywhere. Even into the warmer months, this pattern is here to stay.

So as the weather starts to warm up with Spring finally here, I wanted to show you how you can rock this pattern in a more lightweight material. And this dress from Reformation is the perfect example! It is made from 100% viscose, and according to the Reformation website, is a “lightweight georgette fabric with a dry handfeel”, but to me and put more simply, feels like a chiffon.  Usually with this menswear checked pattern, you see it on heavier fabrics like wools or flannels used to make blazers, coats and trousers. Seeing this kind of print on such a sheer and light material is rare, so I knew I had to have this dress for my Spring wardrobe as soon as I saw it. The great thing about Reformation is that they tend to make several different styles with the same pattern and fabric. This particular checked pattern is called “Aberdeen” and if you like it, definitely check the Ref website since they have a few other pieces made in it too (you know I copped another dress already lol!).

To properly showcase the beauty of this dress, I wanted to shoot in front of a more plain background. I knew it had to be something more subdued yet still strong to go along with the vibe of this dress. That’s why I thought the Aga Khan museum was perfect! The museum houses Islamic and Iranian art in this beautifully modern and clean building. I mean just look at this architecture. I’m so happy with the way these pictures turned out! The subtle checked pattern of the dress makes it look more gray from far away, blending perfectly with the white, silver and gray colours in the background of the museum.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I usually love shooting outdoors surrounded by trees, grass, snow, the lake and flowers. Taking pictures in front of nice buildings and architecture is quite rare for me, but maybe I’ll try to scope out a few other places to feature.

You know what’s even more rare? For me to feature an electronic song on this blog! Funny because I’ve mentioned before that I actually listen to a lot of electronic music, but for some reason rarely feature it. Well this week it all changes. This is the first time I’ve ever featured an electronic song, but I’m SO excited for you guys to hear this one – Aldrig Mer by Kasbo! I came across this Swedish producer randomly on a Spotify playlist, and then realized that they’re signed to Foreign Family collective, the record label founded and curated by Odesza, who just happen to be one of my favourite electronic duos. Kasbo just released his debut album Places We Don’t Know last week, and Aldrig Mer comes from that album. It was previously released as a single prior to the release of the album, and literally the first time I heard it, I was blown away. I proceeded to listen to it again, then again, then again. And I’ve pretty much had it on repeat ever since.

Aldrig Mer is super catchy, so much so that when you initially listen to it, you may believe that it’s another summer love song. But it’s actually quite the opposite. Aldrig Mer translates to “no more” in English, and the song is about getting over an old love. Someone in which you know you cannot love them the way that they deserve to be loved anymore, which is probably something that the majority of us have related to at one point or another. Who knew that a song so upbeat would actually be about a less than ideal point in most of our lives.  Definitely check out the song below, and if you’re into it, make sure to catch Kasbo live as he is doing a North American tour in April! You’ll know where to find me.

you are alive, but are you living?

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Dress: Motel, Jacket: H&M, Booties: Topshop

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided to stroll around the Distillery District in Toronto before catching the last weekend of the Light Festival once sundown came. Lining the Insta-worthy cobblestone streets of the Distillery, there are several trendy bars, restaurants and shops to check out, as well as several art galleries if that’s more your thing.

On our little adventure in the Distillery, I paired this dark floral dress with this oversized moto jacket (also worn here). It was actually freezing cold out once it became dark, so I had the jacket zipped all the way up (not cute paired with this dress haha), but you gotta do what you gotta do, right? I purposely wore this dress to show that florals are not only reserved for spring/summer (I know it’s officially spring now, but it’s still cold out so it’s not spring yet in my mind).  Florals can definitely work in the colder weather too, especially when it’s printed on a dark background like my dress. Just layer it with a jacket, tights, and boots and you can easily winterize an otherwise summery piece.

So this week’s song is another one by The Maine. I know I’ve already featured them twice on this blog, but I can honestly say that they’re the one band who’s music I feel like I can relate to like no other. This week’s song is called “How Do You Feel?” and it comes off their latest album release. I’ve had this song on repeat quite a lot over the last two weeks, and the line “you are alive, but are you living” in particular reminded me of how lucky I am to be alive on this planet.

In particular, once I heard this, I also remembered something I read in The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. In his very first passage, Nepo reminds us of what a rarity it is that we are all alive as human beings in this universe. Out of all the millions of different species of animals, plants, and minerals, how often is it that we get to be alive on this planet with the consciousness that we as humans are so blessed to possess? If I wasn’t a human being, I could have been a mouse, or an ant, or a cloud. So what a miracle it is that I’m here, alive and able to write blog posts about my style and music, and other human beings like yourself, are able to read and react to it. Tomorrow I could be dead and become an ant, but right now, I’m a healthy and alive human being.

It’s so important that we take advantage of this rare opportunity, making sure that every moment we’re here, we spend doing things that are fulfilling for our souls.  For me, that includes things like meditation and yoga, eating carbs more than once in a while, listening to and discovering new music, writing this blog, and going after my dreams.  In doing all this, I have found myself to be more grateful of the opportunity I have here on earth, simply by making the conscious effort to do the things that make my heart sing.  I think we all owe it to ourselves to make sure we’re living the best possible life that we can for ourselves. Because what a shame it would be if we weren’t.

well you’re the best man, so what’s the plan?

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Bodysuit: American Apparel, Skirt: Reformation, Leather Jacket: Zara, Booties: Topshop, Necklace: Etsy

If you’ve been seeing this menswear check pattern around everywhere, it’s because this trend is still going strong! I did a post on this pattern a while back (check it out here), but I have become even more obsessed with it over the last few months and acquired even more checked pieces in my wardrobe since then. This skirt from Reformation being one of them. I snagged this about two months ago when they had their massive semi-annual online sale. For only $65, this was such a steal. It encompasses everything I look for in a skirt: high waisted, maxi length, and a stylish pattern. The buttons on the side add to the appeal of it even more.  If you haven’t yet, definitely  try adding some of this classic menswear pattern into your wardrobe. It’s definitely still going strong and will continue into the spring in more subtle ways (will have another blog post very soon on this – told you I’m obsessed!).

For the rest of the outfit, I decided to keep it simple in all black to let the checked pattern be the focal point. The deep v-neck on this bodysuit balances out all the fabric on the bottom half, and the leather jacket adds a bit of edge to the outfit, perfectly contrasting the more formal pattern of the skirt.  On my feet, I wore these black sock booties that I wear with practically every outfit.  I love them cause they are the most comfortable and flattering shoe I own! And to finish it all off, I have this beautiful gold plated zodiac necklace on.  Definitely my new favorite jewelry piece right now.

Since I clearly am in love with this whole menswear pattern, I decided to feature a song this week by the same name – literally.  First and foremost, anyone that knows me in real life, knows that The 1975 is one of my favorite bands. And their song Menswear also happens to be one of my faves, and in my opinion, also one of their most underrated.

I love that this song starts off slow with light instrumentals, teasing the listener by making them wait for the vocals. The vocals don’t start until about halfway through the song, so I can understand why the beginning of this song may seem a bit boring if you’re typically someone who enjoys the singing part of a song. But trust me, this song is well worth the wait and needs to be listened to wholly.  I think it just makes you appreciate what comes next even more.  If you’re unfamiliar with The 1975’s signature sound, the beginning of this song gives you a little glimpse into it with the melancholic, atmospheric, synth-driven beat.  Soon the tempo quickens and the vocals kick in and all the while you’re straining to make out what lead singer Matt Healy is saying through his thick Manchester accent.  Now you’re tapping your foot along and bopping your head to this catchy as heck song, even though you don’t really understand what’s going on. And that’s the beauty of The 1975. Definitely give Menswear a listen below!