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


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!

you’ve got my back against the wall


Sweater: Unif Hardy Sweater, Jacket: H&M (similar from Zara), Jeans: Urban Outfitters BDG Kick-Flare Jeans, Boots: Doc Martens, Purse: YSL West Hollywood bag, Sunnies: Rayban

Another week of winter weather, another somewhat winter appropriate outfit.  This is pretty much what I wear when it’s too cold and windy outside to be wearing anything else besides a jacket, sweater, and jeans.

One thing I always struggle with is finding a jacket that looks just as good buttoned/zipped-up as it does when it’s not buttoned/zipped. And it’s pretty much a requirement to have your outerwear done up when you live in Canada and need to brave the winter winds on the daily. That’s why I love this jacket – it’s super stylish (you’ve probably seen everyone wearing it this season!), looks good when unzipped or zipped, and it actually keeps you warm since it’s fur-lined on the inside. Underneath, I decided to wear this distressed cropped sweater from Unif. This is actually one of the oldest sweaters in my closet. I go back to it year after year cause it’s just SO stylish and looks good with high waisted anything. On the other hand, the jeans I’m wearing are a newer addition to my wardrobe. They’ve got that kick-flare style which is very trendy right now. If you love the look of flares but don’t think you can rock them because of how dramatic they are, definitely try kick flares! They give you the same look but the flare is much more subtle and suits pretty much every body type. To pull this look together, I added my cherry red Doc Marten combat boots, this all black YSL bag and round Raybans that instantly make any outfit a bit more badass.

Since this look is definitely edgier, I decided to feature a song this week that has a similar edgy kinda vibe. I’m sure most of you already know of Cage the Elephant, and this week’s song is what the title says – Back Against the Wall! This is definitely one of my favourite songs by Cage the Elephant. Every time I listen to it, it just makes me feel so badass and on top of the world (contrary to what this song is all about haha). Funny how music can make you feel one thing when it actually means something else. Take a listen to the song below, and leave me suggestions of what songs make YOU feel on top of the world!

when you’re living in a dreamworld


Jacket: old (similar), Dress: Free People (similar), Over-the-knee boots: Carlos Santana (old)

Although the weather has gotten a bit warmer over the last week or so, there’s no denying that it’s still the dead of winter here in Toronto. Mother nature loves to play tricks with us by giving us a few days of sunny, 15 degrees Cesius weather followed by a snow storm. Typical.

I’m not gonna lie, this outfit was definitely not the most appropriate to be wearing outside in the middle of winter with all the ice and snow on the ground. But I didn’t care. Putting on this fluffy white coat made me feel like I was sleeping on a soft cloud, and I love how it paired with the ethereal and dreamy vibe of this dress.  Because this dress is so short, I had to pair it with over the knee boots to keep myself more covered up (and also to keep warm!).  All in all, this outfit is SO my style. So much so that I would say that it’s probably my favourite outfit that I’ve featured on this blog so far. I’m obviously in love with anything bohemian, but I also love how this outfit plays with different textures – the fluffiness of the coat, the gauziness and lightness in the material of the dress, and the suede material of the boots.  As soon as  I put on this outfit, I felt 1000x better and just more myself.  I guess in a way, just like how music can automatically change our moods and make us feel better, fashion is also a form of escapism for me. Despite the current situation whether it be the crappy weather or if I’m just having a bad day, putting on a fabulous outfit always helps to lift my spirits and put me in a better mood.

Speaking of escapism, that’s the central theme of this week’s song – Dreamworld by Rilo Kiley. Do any of you guys remember Rilo Kiley?! I found myself randomly listening to them again this past week, and I’ve never felt more nostalgic. You may not be able to tell from my musical tastes nowadays, but back in late elementary school and middle school, I was really into emo pop punk (because who wasn’t), and a bit of early 2000s R&B and hip-hop. Come high school, I started discovering more indie/alternative artists, and Rilo Kiley actually happened to be one of the very first bands of that genre that I ever listened to. Anyways, I found myself listening to them again recently and I’ve fallen in love with them all over again.

Dreamworld is from the last album that Rilo Kiley put out in 2007, but is one of my faves from them. The song explores a “dreamworld” state, a state that I think most of us find ourselves in sometimes. When we are in a less than pleasing or uncomfortable situation, we find ourselves ignoring the reality of it and instead, pretending to live in this better world that we have fantasized about in our minds.  I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing to live in this dreamworld, because I believe it’s a representation of our hopes and aspirations. As long as they do not simply become just our expectations (and we can still distinguish between what’s real and what’s not), we cannot be disappointed.

But if you’re ever just having a bad day and need a little distraction, just try listening to music that you enjoy, watching your favorite movie, or putting on your favorite outfit! Guaranteed that this simple form of escapism will make you feel 1000x better too!

we can go to the chateau marmont and dance in the hotel room


Dress: Free People Flora Midi Dress, Booties: Topshop May Sock Boots, Necklace: Topshop

Ok, how gorgeous is this burgundy midi dress? I’ve actually had this dress for a while but I’ve been saving it for the perfect opportunity to wear it. When we decided to shoot some pictures at the beautiful Guildwood Park, I knew it would be perfect! The burgundy colour is even more rich in person and the embroidery detail even more beautiful and intricate.  I thought the style, colour and detail of the dress just went so well with the detailed carvings of the columns in the open Greek stage, which was constructed from leftover pieces from the old Bank of Toronto building.  Guildwood Park is absolutely beautiful and even hosts outdoor weddings in the summertime. Definitely worthy of a visit if you’re from the Toronto area and looking for a new place to wander around and discover on a nice afternoon.

I decided to keep the rest of the outfit minimal since this dress is such a standout piece on its own. Paired with simple black booties for this time of year and just a simple gold necklace, this dress was perfect for a slightly more dressed up day at Guildwood. This dress would also be great for the spring time since it’s made from a lightweight, breathable crepe material. I can’t wait to pair it with cute mules to wear it out when the weather becomes warmer.

Now I know Guildwood is not exactly the Chateau Marmont, but this is close enough as I could get to re-creating my idea of dancing in a fancy shmancy “hotel room” without actually having to spend any money on one. Whereas the Chateau Marmont is obviously much more Old Hollywood glamour than this, I think Guildwood still gives off a similar sophisticated and luxurious vibe.  All of this just so I could use Angus & Julia Stone’s song Chateau for this week’s post. You probably know the Aussie brother-sister duo from their hit song Big Jet Plane, but if you haven’t heard Chateau, one of the singles off their newest album yet, you definitely need to give it a listen.  Just like last week’s song, I’ve had Chateau on repeat over the last month or so. I’m obsessed with the laidback, smooth yet groovy song that this is.

The song is about two lovers who run away to the Chateau Marmont and all the while get swept up in the fantasy and romance of it all.  Although these situations are obviously not the most realistic for day to day life, the spontaneity in the idea of it is so fun and carefree that it’s worthwhile to do something like that with your significant other at least once in a while.  Even just something as simple as planning a last minute day trip somewhere or just trying a fun and exciting new activity that you’ve never done together before. Something to make you feel those butterflies all over again. And if I were to run away to the Chateau Marmont, this dress is exactly what I would wear.

from where we are, we’re never gonna come back


Floral dress: Vintage, Cardigan: Artizia, Boots: Aldo

Decided to prance around the beach on a super chilly and windy day in a little floral mini dress, boots, and oversized cardigan. Sounds like a typical weekend for me. I’m surprised I haven’t worn one of these floral vintage dresses on the blog yet as they’re a longstanding staple in my wardrobe. I get most of mine while thrifting. In fact, my first ever thrift find was a green and black grunge-y 90s floral mini dress which I still have today, and I am continually on the lookout for these kinds of dresses every time I thrift. They’re great to wear on their own in the summer, with sandals or Doc Martens, or even tall boots and a chunky cardigan like I’ve done here for the winter. And if you can’t tell by now, I love versatile items that I can wear year-round, and these vintage dresses are just that.

The song this week is one I’ve been obsessed with and had on repeat for the last few weeks and it’s No Exit by husband and wife indie-pop duo, Tennis.  This song gives me serious nostalgia for some reason. Perhaps because it kind of reminds me of No Doubt during their later years. If you’re into the contrast of infectious, dance-y dream-pop cut with seriously dark, sad lyrics, definitely give this song a spin. I admit, I’m usually into upbeat music that gives me that carefree, hair down, dance till dawn, summer road trip type of vibe (I’ve featured some songs like that such as this one). No Exit delivers on that same vibe, beat and tempo wise, but a careful listen to the lyrics actually reveals quite the opposite. Almost depressing, even. I guess that’s why I’m so intrigued by this song. Have a listen and let me know what you think in the comments. Or if you have any suggestions of music I should check out, let me know below as well!

Waking up warm in your arms and without a care


Dress: Forever 21 (similar) / (similar), Necklace: Topshop, Shoes: Keds Champion

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it’d be appropriate to share with you guys this week what I would wear for the occasion. For a casual date, I would go for a flirty and playful minidress in Vday-appropriate colours of red or pink. This one is perfect because it meets all the above mentioned criteria. To keep the look casual and fun, I decided to just pair it with plain white Keds sneakers. This is something I would wear if I was going for a daytime date look – either a casual brunch/lunch, or even a playful activity like mini golfing. For a dressier dinner look, swap out the sneakers for heeled booties instead and you’re good to go.

The song this week is obviously one to get you into the Valentine’s Day spirit, and it’s Good Together by Honne, a London based electronic duo. Pretty much any song by Honne is perfect for the occasion as they’re all about combining soul with electronic synths to create smooth yet catchy love songs. If you’re into Chet Faker, definitely check out Honne.

Funny story, but Honne was actually the first and only concert I’ve ever attended solo. This was about two years ago at a tiny venue in Toronto and I had bought a ticket the day before, but it just happened to be the very last ticket before the show became sold-out. I was really into them and wanting to see them live quite bad, so I figured I might as well go on my own, even if I had to go solo.  If you’ve ever been to a concert by yourself, you probably understand the awkwardness of waiting alone in between the opening set and main set.  And if you happen to be at a standing concert like this one was, it’s even more awkward as you stand around by yourself, fumbling with your hands and staring off into space. I spent that entire time looking down at my phone pretending I had tons of important texts to reply to, as well as a solid 20 minute bathroom break in between to kill time.  And to top it all off, everyone at the concert was with their significant other (I guess I should’ve known better since it’s a Honne concert after all), which made me feel like my loneliness stuck out even more. Although I would’ve preferred to have attended the concert with someone, it was all worth it in the end because as soon as Honne came on, my self-consciousness of being alone immediately went away. They were absolutely amazing live!

On a brighter note, hopefully you all are spending Valentine’s Day NOT alone, but with someone special, whether it be your lover, a friend, or a family member. Make this a day to spend some quality time with someone you care about! And even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, perhaps you can spend the day with some good music, starting with a listen to Honne’s Good Together below, because it’s a great song nonetheless.

as sure as the sea, it’s just you and me


Sweater: Free People, Jeans: Vintage Guess

Casual winter days by the water call for cozy sweaters and comfortable mom jeans. I absolutely love the colour of this semi-cropped sweater. The muted purple of it also goes so well with the colour of the lake in the background. Paired with one of my wardrobe staples, the mom jean, this is a go-to outfit for me for this time of the year. Layered with a jacket and scarf on top for when the weather is even colder, this outfit keeps you toasty while still looking cute. I’ve accumulated several sweaters over the last few years, so simply changing up my sweater and pairing it with different mom jeans gives me a lot of variation on the same combo.  Pretty much my cold-weather version of your classic jeans and a tee combo.  My go-to shoes for this outfit are just ankle booties. With the mom jeans rolled up a bit, they allow you to show off the tiniest bit of skin as well as your ankle boots perfectly.

How perfect is this outfit for a brisk day at the cottage, sitting out overlooking the water, with Maggie Rogers’ Dog Years playing? Every time I listen to that song, this is exactly what I picture (you’ll know what I mean as soon as you watch the music video below). As per Maggie herself, Dog Years is her interpretation of what happens after college graduation, AKA the “afterlife” (fittingly named due to the uncertainty of where life takes us after graduation), and more importantly, the changing nature of the relationships and friendships that we hold close to us in the afterlife.

For me, and I think for most of us, the hardest part of moving into the “afterlife” was figuring out what the heck I was going to do afterwards. I mean, if you think about it, from such a young age, we were always in school up until the day of college graduation. We always had that daily structure in our life.  Always knowing what we would be doing each day of the week, the specific classes we had from Monday-Friday, and all the homework and exams we had to cram for in between. Take that all away, and suddenly we have so much freedom and time on our hands! But having all that freedom and time was also one of the scariest things for me because I didn’t know what to do with it and where life would take me next. So of course, after a few months of being lazy and just enjoying my first summer of real freedom, I dove into job searching because it seemed like the right thing to do. Not really paying attention to what kind of job I was looking for, I pretty much applied to several permanent, full-time jobs that seemed somewhat appealing to me. I eventually landed one, and since it was the first offer I received, I took it. I was just so excited to finally be earning a real income and to be able to provide for myself comfortably.

After settling into the “afterlife”, the hardest part for me nowadays is finding the time to meet up with old friends. Work is stressful, commutes are a nightmare and the days are long, so maintaining a social life on top of that is not always the easiest. Keep in mind that everyone is on a different schedule as some friends have gone back to school, others also have busy work-life schedules, and some others have moved away. So it’s natural that due to everyone’s different lifestyle, seeing friends almost everyday like we used to back in school is near impossible.  But like the song goes, when we care deeply enough about our friendships, we will always make the time for them, be there for them through thick and thin, and thus we will “be alright” in the end.

Even though it feels like it’s been ages since I was in school, today, some of my closest friends are still the ones I met in school all those years ago. I cherish each and every one of those relationships dearly.  And of course I miss those days where I could see my friends everyday, but I also know that everything works out when you try to make it work. When you find the right people, make sure you savor each and every moment with them because time passes by way too quickly, life changes, and each moment is precious as it only comes along once in a lifetime.

when the nights grow cold and it’s all gone to rust, we can turn it into gold dust

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Velvet top: Reformation Fez Top, Jeans: Topshop Mom Jeans, Velvet Dress: Forever 21, Booties: Aldo

What’s more glamorous and luxurious than velvet, especially when it’s in the colour gold?! Not much else that I can think of.  So I decided to drape myself in just that this week. Typically a more formal fabric reserved for holiday parties, I decided to keep the winter festivities alive by wearing velvet post holidays. Thankfully, it was just above freezing (which is considered warm for Toronto winters!) temperatures outside when I took these pictures, so it was the perfect occasion.

The velvet top is from Reformation, and I adore how low-cut it is. It’s the perfect going out top as you can dress it up with black skinnies and heels, but for the daytime, I decided to dress it down with light washed mom jeans to balance out the sexiness on top. On the other hand, the dress that I’m wearing is definitely more formal and would’ve been perfect for a holiday party. I never had a chance to wear it this holiday season though, so of course I decided to bust it out for these pictures.  Fall and winter are definitely the seasons to rock velvet since it’s a heavier fabric, yet it still remains effortlessly chic and fashionable. Even just mixing in a little bit of velvet through an accessory, like a handbag or shoes, instantly gives your outfit a bit more glam – something we all need to help us look and feel our best during these cold and dreary winter months.

The song this week is Gold Dust and it comes from singer-songwriter, Michael Joseph Nelson, better known as Banners. I’m sure many of you have heard of him already, with his hit song Shine A Light which garnered significant radio play in 2016. Gold Dust comes from the same debut EP.  This song is perfect for this time of year, a reminder that when most of us feel drab from the dark and cold days, there’s always the opportunity to see the good in it. Perhaps just going home to cozy up with your significant other, binging that new Netflix series you’ve been meaning to find the time for, or finding a new indoor hobby, we always have the option to make the best of each and every situation.  Sometimes we just need a little help is all.  So don’t let the winter blues get you down, put on your favourite velvet piece and make the rest of your winter days shine!