Statement Sleeves & Morning Light

January 16, 2017

Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

I don't see the notion of statement sleeves stopping anytime soon, especially for 2017! Did you see the red carpet looks from The Golden Globes? Everyone from Nicole Kidman to Sarah Jessica Parker to Hailee Steinfeld was rocking some sort of elaborate shoulder, arm, or cut-out and I am just smitten with the whole embellished look! The ruffles on this knit are what sold me completely! They are pronounced, dramatic, super-flared, and can really add interest to any outfit. The more playful, the more larger-than-life, the better if you ask me! There are so many affordable statement sleeve options available right now; you really can't go wrong. You can start off with the smallest of flares, or go grandiose like this one. Now I bet you're wondering how to add some spicy sleeves to your wardrobe? Well, I have three ways for you to do so for just about any occasion and season. 

1. Pair with skinny jeans, or an ankle trouser and a basic pump or black flat. Such a Parisian street style inspired look if you ask me. I love how simple but romantic this is. A variation of this has become my go-to weekend outfit for the past few weeks. I mean, you can totally wear the same outfit three days in a row if you're seeing different people... right? 

2. Do the front tuck. Keep it more casual and tuck in the front of the blouse or knit into a mini skirt, shorts, wide leg pant or culottes. Simple but classic. I'm so happy I went with this knit in white, it's perfect to pair with cut-offs for summer nights, too!

3. Over or tucked into a pencil skirt for the office. Too good to not pair with a pencil skirt for the office! I feel so sophisticated in a pencil skirt and bold knit, which automatically motivates me to work harder. All you're missing is a pair of sexy eyeglasses. In all seriousness, this look has been on heavy rotation for my office attire (minus the eyewear!).

The beautiful morning light and crisp white snow had me pairing the white knit with a Zara sale steal (the silver heeled bootie), and my fresh marble bag for a brunch outing last weekend. I added some silver stackable rings from Pandora to complete the look and voila-- good to go! 

How do you feel about the statement sleeves? To much? Or do you see them sticking around for a while? 


What I'm Wearing
Chichwish knit top (identical), (similar), (similar), RW&CO pants, Zara boots (similar), Le Chateau faux fur stole, Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar), Celine sunglasses

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Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

Chicwish White Knit Top with Tiered Frilling Sleeves, Rebecca Minkoff marble bag, Winter Statement sleeve style- Pastels & Pastries

Being Bold & My Mantra

January 13, 2017

Pastels & Pastries Winter Style- Le Specs Hey Yeh, Pink winter coat, Marble print bag, beaded tassle earrings, Cougar Boots, Mantraband bracelet

With the coming of the new year, I am looking forward to many exciting opportunities and taking the blog to new places! There are also many intents I have for myself that relate to my day to day life, whether that be at home, in my career or in health. This post by fellow Toronto blogger Cassie Drake, An Architect Abroad, is a definite read! It really shows that we should be focusing on the whole process of achieving our newfound intents and how goal setting is sort of... well, short-sighted and leads to short-term results.  If you're in the process of goal mapping this year, you need to get over there to check it out. Totally gave me a new perspective on the whole new year's resolution idea!

I know that with all the exciting opportunities there will definitely be challenges and struggles along the way, as per every year! This year I am focusing on a new mantra. The bracelet I am wearing in this post was given to me by my mother for Christmas and I have barely taken it off since! It states "she believed she could, so she did". I absolutely love this quote! Every time I look down and see it I am constantly reminded that I am strong, powerful and capable of anything! Talk about inspirational, right?? Even though it's just a bracelet, having the words out there, on my wrist, is a powerful thing. I can look down and really reflect on the words, opposed to just hearing them in my head. After I received the bracelet I discovered MantraBand and their whole collection of inspirational pieces. There is really a special quote for everyone! 

The rest of the outfit may be simple, but it sure is bold. I am loving statement pieces lately and these Le Spec sunnies are my newest addition. First of all, can we talk about affordability?! I got them at Nordstrom and compared to similar styles they are such a steal. Gold, leopard and mirrored-- I love that they are fun, classic and totally retro. I also had been wanting to find some statement earrings and these pink bead tassels were the perfect pieces to pair with my (old, but classic) pink coat! The colours are a perfect match! The marble bag, which seems to make an appearance every winter, was truly a statement investment that I made a few years ago, but it's one that I get the most compliments on and offers to buy! It's become a timeless piece that I can't part with. I know it's sold out but I've linked some similar marble bags for you below. What do you think of pairing all the bold accessories together?

It's safe to say I am ready for a bold and bright year! How about you?

What I'm Wearing:
Le Specs sunglasses, MantraBand cuff, Wilfred Free leggings, RW & CO Mock Neck Sweater, Zara coat (similar), Cougar Boots, Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar), Francesa's earrings 

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Pastels & Pastries Winter Style- Le Specs Hey Yeh, Pink winter coat, Marble print bag, beaded tassle earrings, Cougar Boots
Pastels & Pastries Winter Style- Le Specs Hey Yeh, Pink winter coat, Marble print bag, beaded tassle earrings, Cougar Boots

Pastels & Pastries Winter Style- Le Specs Hey Yeh, Pink winter coat, Marble print bag, beaded tassle earrings, Cougar Boots

Pastels & Pastries Winter Style- Le Specs Hey Yeh, Pink winter coat, Marble print bag, beaded tassle earrings, Cougar Boots, Mantraband bracelet


Pastels & Pastries Winter Style- Le Specs Hey Yeh, Pink winter coat, Marble print bag, beaded tassle earrings, Cougar Boots, Mantraband braceletPastels & Pastries Winter Style- Le Specs Hey Yeh, Pink winter coat, Marble print bag, beaded tassle earrings, Cougar Boots, Mantraband bracelet




14 Fun Finds Under $30

January 10, 2017

Have you ever found yourself totally consumed by online shopping? When you are stuck on a website for longer than you'd like to admit...filling your cart with all the beautiful things... only to hit the exit button and realized you just wasted 30 minutes of your time? Yeah. Happens ALL the time! Except for these goodies I came across on ASOS were too fun to pass on by. Did I mention they are all under $30?! Yes-- even those sneakers! Once again consumed by all things blush and pink, here is a little round-up of some random, yet incredibly fun accessories and items to stock your closet with.

14 Fun, Girly Finds under $30 Asos



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Pink Floral Booties

January 03, 2017

Pink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter style

We all knew I was obsessed with these booties from my 8 Floral Booties You Need post. So when they appeared on sale for black Friday, I knew I had to just do it. They are so out there and over the top and I love it. I mean, they're jacquard, have a flared pink lucite heel and are floral printed. And when paired with a vintage Chanel and black shearling coat... I mean, I feel like I'm ready for anything! I really can't tell if the looks I'm getting are mere admiration or confusion. But it's totally worth it. I think we all need those items that are 100% fun and make you feel fabulous. The boots definitely do it for me. But then again so does this shearling coat. It makes me feel ultimate glam! And scoring it on sale for $20 was probably a highlight of this month. But I have a confession to make... it's actually a girl's coat (as in children)! Someone left it in the sale section of H&M and I just tried it on without looking at the size and it worked! So I went with it. Who would know the difference?!

Are there any pieces you own that are totally over the top in the best way? And make you feel the best, too?

What I'm Wearing:
AEO Denim, Chanel bag (vintage), H&M shearling coat (similar), Topshop knit, ASOS booties

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Pink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter stylePink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter style

Pink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter style

Pink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter style

Pink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter style

Pink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter style


Pink Floral boots, black shearling coat, vintage Chanel, glam Parisian winter style




Neutral Winter Monochrome

December 27, 2016


white monochrome in winter, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote, Zara ivory trouser, Bell sleeve turtleneck


To be honest, I have not adjusted to the cold yet. The temperatures are starting to drop and we've officially reached below zero temperatures and beyond. It's funny how every year you know it's coming, but when it hits, it hits hard! And, no matter how prepared you feel, you just aren't! Just before the holidays, I got together with a bunch of gorgeous Toronto bloggers to celebrate Rebeca's birthday. We went to Colette when the decor is stunning. Picture floor to ceiling windows, white marble tables and French themed accents everywhere. It's beyond Parisian chic and a blogger's dream restaurant. I really wanted to wear something signature and fitting of the venue, aka pastels (specifically this skirt), but I could not fathom going bare legs! I finally decided on a pair of ivory trousers and this sweater...again, because I'm obsessed with the statement sleeves. I wanted to change the look of the sweater since I've been wearing it non-stop, so I added a glam necklace, but this wasn't enough. I took it a step further by throwing a shimmery gold crop top on top of the turtleneck. Not only did it switch up the look completely, and add an extra sparkle to the outfit, it kept me nice and toasty!

I would have never thought to pair the crop top with a sweater, but you know I am all about making the most out of what you have in your closet! These pieces are definitely from my summer wardrobe, but they work so well in winter, too! They make for such a monochromatic look that I'm loving. Don't you think? Also, how do you feel about the slip dress on top look? This crop top over mock neck look is sort of another take on it, and I'm feeling it!

So, put away those thick black tights and make the most out of what you have! There's always another possibility.

What I'm Wearing:
Zara drawstring trousers (on sale!), Simons mock neck knit (similar, similar), Shop for Jayu necklace, Forever 21 crop top (similar on sale!), Sam Edelman pumps, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote in charcoal

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Pastels & Pastries- white monochrome in winter, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote, Zara ivory trouser, Bell sleeve turtleneck Pastels & Pastries- white monochrome in winter, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote, Zara ivory trouser, Bell sleeve turtleneck

Pastels & Pastries- white monochrome in winter, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote, Zara ivory trouser, Bell sleeve turtleneck

Pastels & Pastries- white monochrome in winter, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote, Zara ivory trouser, Bell sleeve turtleneck

Pastels & Pastries- white monochrome in winter, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote, Zara ivory trouser, Bell sleeve turtleneck

Pastels & Pastries- white monochrome in winter, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote, Zara ivory trouser, Bell sleeve turtleneck