Light Layering for Fall

August 22, 2016

I'm one of those people who always needs to bring along a sweater. I can feel the most sudden change in temperature and I hate being cold! The August weather is so different than July. Already I am noticing the mornings and evenings are much cooler and the days are getting shorter. Vests and light overcoats are the perfect pieces to grab along with you. I love that they're lightweight, but offer just the right amount of warmth without being too heavy. For when the sun is still hot and strong during the day, but you need to bring something along for the evening. Shein has so many affordable pieces to help us get through this transition stage, and is so on with their fall colour selection-- neutrals, army greens, blush pinks, blacks-- I'm all over it! They're having a serious discount on pre fall items so stock up while you can! Get one in every colour! I just may… 

I rounded up a few serious steals (they're all under $25!) to get you started on your fall shopping! Let me know how you transition with the cooler evenings. 

Adding light layers for Fall with Shein long vests and over coats
All items from Shein:



Blush Culottes for Fall

August 18, 2016

Blush Zara Culottes, Shein White Shaghetti Strap Sweater Cami, Summer meets Fall wardobe

I'm sure we're all getting to that point. It's almost mid-August, the stores are bombarding us with fall fashion and we want to dive in. But part of us is holding on to summer, and for every good reason. When I saw these wide-leg culottes gracing the Zara pre-fall section my heart leaped! I love how casual and effortless they are, but can become super fancy at the drop of a dime. The perfect shade of blush, a draw-string waist, and the price point was insane-- could.not.resist. My thoughts were racing with all the fall outfit potential; army green blouse, stripe top, black booties... But I also just couldn't wait to wear them! You can start wearing your fall pieces now by pairing them with more summery pieces to stay on the season's trajectory. Think booties and and a flowy white cotton dress. Or, jean shorts and a long sleeve blouse and vest. In this case a knitted white cami (this one is so comfy and comes in every colour), a pink lip, and minimal jewelry totally has me good to go to withstand the August heat all while breaking into some fall pieces.  

If you're looking to break out some fall pieces try pairing them with:

Open toe sandals
Lighter, crisp colours like whites and nudes
Minimal, bronzed make up 
Effortless pony or top knot
Dainty jewelry
Summer bags (think a straw totes, light coloured cross-body etc.)

Are you slowly breaking into your Fall wardrobe? If so, how?


What I'm Wearing
Old Navy sandals

Blush Zara Culottes, Shein White Shaghetti Strap Sweater Cami, Summer meets Fall wardobe

Blush Zara Culottes, Shein White Shaghetti Strap Sweater Cami, Summer meets Fall wardobe


Blush Zara Culottes, Shein White Shaghetti Strap Sweater Cami, Summer meets Fall wardobe

Blush Zara Culottes, Shein White Shaghetti Strap Sweater Cami, Summer meets Fall wardobe

Blush Zara Culottes, Shein White Shaghetti Strap Sweater Cami, Summer meets Fall wardobe


The Neutral Sofa Debate

August 15, 2016


Shopping for a couch can be an extremely intimidating task. There are countless places to look, a gazillion styles to choose from and don't even get me started on the colour selections. One shade off and you could be disappointed for life (or at least 15 years). And, if you are not doing this solo, let's add in the fact that you are potentially trying to merge two different styles and preferences into the search for the perfect piece.

Brandon and I had been on the hunt for the perfect sofa for a while. As you know by now, we recently moved in together and I have gone into full blown crazy decorator mode. The problem is once I have an idea in my head I want to see it through. Our styles are similar in some ways but definitely emanate serious differences. One thing that was a non-negotiable for me was a light coloured sofa. Not only do they make the room feel clean, fresh and bright, but they open up the room and usually make you feel relaxed enough to sit on. You don't want a sofa that guests are unsure if they can even move around on.

Neutral, chic living room style - Pastels & Pastries

We shopped around and saw so many lovely pieces that were coloured and/or patterned that sparked some interest, Ultimately we stuck to the idea of getting a neutral sofa. A while back, we made this DIY Headboard for my bedroom and I chose blue fabric. While I absolutely love the headboard, after a year and a half I kinda had the urge to change the colour scheme in my room (shhhh- don't tell him!), but knew I couldn't do as much as I wanted to since the headboard was such a specific shade. When we were purchasing our sofa, I knew it had to be something to go with everything-- the seasons, our moods, etc. Something that pillows, throws and accessories could alter the look of, regardless of colour.

Neutral, chic living room style - Pastels & Pastries

If you're in the market for a new sofa, here are some things to remember:

1. Sofas are investment pieces. Spend the money now and avoid a fast fix as you'll have it for quite some time. The piece should be of quality and give off a homey feel.

2. Neutrals usually offer the most versatility in terms of decorating/accenting. Throws and pillows are easy to change up and just doing this will completely alter the look of the room. Holiday accessorizing on a beige couch? No problem.

3. The sofa acts as the focal piece. The whole room is essentially designed around this piece. Have it blend it, or stand out. You can go bold with accessories, or not. It's up to you.

4. You don't need to compromise on the style. Styles and shapes can be timeless, while hot colours come and go. Focus on the style you love, as it will set the tone of the room. And be sure to take pictures and visualize the room with the sofa in it. It needs to be a good fit!

5. Be sure the fabric is durable, not fussy and easy to clean. Will you be giving any guest cut eye that sits on the couch with a glass of red wine?

I may be partial to neutral, but  this is just my take on the debate! If you love colour, go for it! And just to play devil's advocate.. here are some fab rooms that have nailed the coloured sofa trend.

What's your take on sofas? Do you go bold with the big pieces, or chose to accent boldly and keep the big ticket items a little understated?

P.S. Are you guys digging my house updates?! Let me know if I should keep 'em coming!


Maxi in the Wild

August 12, 2016

Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress

Is anyone else trying to soak up as much of the lazy summer afternoons as much as possible? I for one am doing so by wearing as many summery pieces as I can and taking full advantage of lounging outside in the breezy wind and glistening sunshine whenever I get the chance. This past weekend I made a point to enjoy a few hours of the afternoon air. Just spending time outside feels so good for the soul. I had a quintessential summer moment, sitting in the sun, reading, with a ice pop in hand. It may be shameful to admit, but I am still reading Girls by Emily Cline. Is anyone else reading this book at the moment? I am finding it kind of slow to get into but I really want to finish it before starting another book! 

I love this Shein dress for afternoons of doing sweet nothing. It's such a flowy, comfortable dress, but I love that I can dress it up with a gold metallic belt and be ready for a night out.  They really have a dress for every occasion. 

How are you taking full advantage of the summer sun?!

What I'm Wearing

Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress

Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress

Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress

Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress

Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress


Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress, Poppy & Peonies Clutch

Shein Multicolour Patchwork Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress


Boho Mini Dress

August 08, 2016

Fringe sandals, boho mini, black crossbody
I had every intention to avoid the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. After a few weak moment of browsing the goods I settled on this mini dress (along with a set of pink bowl, and a pillow that have since sold out). I know what you're thinking-- another floral dress?! But the longer bell sleeves and the mauve colour make it the perfect transition piece into Fall! That's one thing that I can justify spending money on right now.. if it's not a piece of furniture or a house ware item, you better believe it's going to take me right into the new season. Switch out the sandals with a pair of booties, and tights if it gets chilly, and I'm good to go! 

Things are a little chaotic right now. Moving during the summer has been intense and overwhelming, but also so lovely. We are finally a week in, and starting to figure out our groove. On Saturday we finally went out to celebrate at Paese Ristorante, an Italian inspired restaurant in North York. They invited us to come check out their menu, and it was one of the most delicious meals we had in a long time! Their veggies are sourced from their own garden located a few doors down, they have some of my favourite rose from Provence, and the served up a pretty mean basil gimlett. Needless to say I was in heaven. It was fun to finally get into something pretty and do my make up for a night out toasting to new beginnings. Is it lame for me to say coming home to "our" place after date night was even more exciting that I have anticipated? 

Do you have any tips for me on moving in together and other ways to make nights special?! 

What I'm Wearing
Poppy & Peonies The Crossbody Black (wear 5 different ways!)


Suede fringe sandals, boho mini bell sleeve mini, black crossbody
Fringe suede sandals, bell sleeve woven dress, black 5 way crossbody
Lush 'Whitney" Bell Sleeve Woven Dress Le Chateau Suede Like Open Toe Ghillie Tie Sandals  Poppy & Peonies The Crossbody Black sea salt spray hair, boho mini, suede fringe sandals
Dry bar sea salt spray in hair, boho mini dress, fringe sandals
Lush 'Whitney" Bell Sleeve Woven Dress Le Chateau Suede Like Open Toe Ghillie Tie Sandals  Poppy & Peonies The Crossbody Black

Lush 'Whitney" Bell Sleeve Woven Dress Le Chateau Suede Like Open Toe Ghillie Tie Sandals  Poppy & Peonies The Crossbody Black