I still cannot get enough of the black & white trend you guys! I try to add colour into my wardrobe but I keep finding myself coming back to this glorious duo. I am particularly fond of these houndstooth jeans from Forever21; they actually feel like I’m wearing comfy sweats.
I love pairing them against my caseable laptop case (that doubles as a cluth) for a little print-mixing action. I think that’s one of my favourite things about the black & white trend: the two basics allow for simplicity and ease when mixing prints. Highlighted with my favourite gold accents, this outfit is a favourite for bopping around during the day and I’d happily wear it out for a late-night dinner or drinks with friends.
What’s one trend that you just cannot get enough of? Let me know!
details: Fur-collared Cardigan c/o Ann Taylor / Houndstooth Denim Forever21 / Boots c/o Le Chateau / Belt c/o Ann Taylor / iPad Case c/o Caseable / Sparkle CC Syke, Vintage / Watch c/o Caravelle New York
Happy Happy Monday! I am so sorry for the lack of posts last week. I was having a serious programming glitch but hope it’s all straightened out now. The blog has been so fashion-centric lately that it was truthfully a bit liberating to not be able to post over the weekend. With all the craziness of the last few months, it was amazing to get back in the kitchen and I took the opportunity to attempt a new recipe from one of my favourite sites, Smitten Kitchen.
I have always found bread to be extremely intimidating and I was happy to head home to my parents where my mum could supervise my first attempt. My mum is the bread-making pro and it took every ounce of self-restraint (with a splash of determination) to not have her prep this entire recipe for me! Challah bread will always remind me of the holidays and while it was a daunting task (how many times does it have to rise?!) the outcome of this Best Challah Bread recipe was worth the full day of a wait.
Beyond the beautiful, glossy finish of the egg wash, this bread is light & airy with the slightest hint of sweetest. It turned out so well, it’s already been added to our Christmas baking list and I absolutely cannot wait to test it out with a french toast recipe or two. Next time, I may even add a hint more of sugar, to give it some added sweetest, so it can be enjoyed as a dessert or as the beginning phase of a bread pudding recipe.
What recipes are you holiday favourites? Leave a comment & let me know; I’d love to test them out!
Thanks to my sissy, Mia Niko, for taking these amazing shots while I baked!
I feel as though the days, weeks, months have been flying by! Between blog life, work life, family & birthdays, I have barely had a chance to sit. Now, I’m not complaining but I do have to express the complete and utter happiness experienced this past weekend when on Saturday night, after a long day of shooting an up-and-coming secret project with Covergirl, I made no plans and came home to cook a delicious dinner for one, had a glass of wine and stayed on my couch all night long.
It was one of those rare moments for such a social person, but I truly relished in it, considering we are around the corner from holiday festivities and non-stop engagements. While I first considered ordering it and making it real easy, my domestic side got the best of me and I whipped up this quick penne alla vodka here, my go-to simple salad and an easy garlic bread for one consisting of unsalted butter, garlic and parsley on a demi roll, baked in the oven at 250° for 7 minutes, then broiled quickly for another 2-3 for that crunchy consistency.
It was a surprisingly fast and easy meal, that offered indulgence without the degree of difficulty you normally find in an elaborate weekend dinner. While we can’t always have nights like these, I think it was long overdue and one I encourage you all to take and something I need to make happen soon again.
After a week of extreme sickness, I was ecstatic when birthday girl and work wife extraordinaire, Gracie Carroll, agreed to help me shoot a quick outfit post yesterday. If you caught it on my Instagram, I recently teamed up with Le Chateau to explore their brand new shoe collection and holy sh*t I was impressed…sorry for cursing but it’s true.
I popped by my neighbourhood LC at the Toronto Eaton Centre, and I seriously had trouble choosing just one pair. Ironically enough after owning about a million pairs of black booties, I realized I’d never found the quintessential little black boot and in the end I made my decision to scoop these babies up. I wore them constantly on a recent trip to NYC and am so impressed by how well they’ve stood up to walking, weather and some wonky travel. As someone who’s never been able to “pack light” I can now say that I successfully rocked one pair of shoes for the entire trip and didn’t even feel anxious about it.
A black boot that combines classic style and stands the day-to-night test?
These gotta be the perfect pair for me, all wrapped in a little pointy-toe present.
Details: Sweater c/o Costa Blanca / Skirt c/o Ann Taylor / Multi-Texture Fedora Anthropologie / Leather Jacket Danier / Black Ankle Boots c/o Le Chateau / Polkadot Notebook Kate Spade NY / Leather Wrap Watch c/o Caravelle
Finally the holidays are here! And with the holiday season comes what else ~ GIVEAWAYS!
I am thrilled to be partnering with Caravelle New York on another little contest.
Head over to the Caravelle New York site here and get ready to share your style. Canadian residents are eligible simply by uploading a photo on the Caravelle New York site and following the contest details. Style and highlight a watch from the Caravelle New York collection and you will automatically be entered to win a watch of your choice. This contest is open to both Men & Women, but again only to my Canadian littles.
You can upload a current Caravelle New York watch you own, head over to one of their major retailers (Sears, Ben Moss and Charms Diamond Centers) and take one for a test drive, or have a little fun like I did above and create some holiday style around your favourite piece from the collection. Full contest details are available here and keep reading to see some of my holiday picks below.
Details: Cape c/o Ann Taylor / Leggings Rachel by Rachel Roy / Knit Cowl c/o Gap Canada / Snowy Owl Mukluks ($200) c/o Manitobah Mukluks / Satchel 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target / Sparkle Links of London, Henri Bendel, Vintage
I spent a chilly + casual Saturday afternoon shooting a street style series with Manitobah Mukluks and Refinery29 photographer, Jenna Marie Wakani. It was one of those days I was hesitant to leave the house but was immediately excited upon my arrival at gravitypope here in Toronto.
I was greeted with hot chocolate & marshmallows, my best group of blog darlings and toasty Snowy Owl mukluks for my tender tootsies.
It turned out to be one of those long and lovely afternoons, where I found myself staying longer on the shoot, catching up with friends and enjoying the warm surroundings as we head into the holiday season.
The photos turned out great and I’m happy to include some of my favourites on the blog for your viewing pleasure. Special thanks to Lotus Leaf Communications for the opportunity to shoot on such a sweet Saturday.
Nicole of Dainty Girl
Rachelle and Michelle of Front Row Mag
Brittany & Maleah of Sparks Twins
Josh & Gracie of Gracie Carroll
Erica of Everything Beautiful
Deanne of MyFashAvenue
Looking forward to hanging at the Toronto Eaton Centre this Thursday November 14th from 5-8 PM with my Ann Taylor team and Elle Magazine! We’re having a little popup styling event across all Toronto/GTA locations to celebrate the stores’ one-year Canadian anniversary.
Come by, say hi and get styled, while enjoying some lovely sips & sweets with me and the AT glam squad!
I swear I have been on a serious jacket kick this season. From prints to plaid, I cannot get enough of statement coats. I instantly drooled over this gorgeous navy number from Gap Canada. I love that it’s cropped and it’s lined to actually keep you warm while highlighting your style. Cropped coats work for my short figure and I tend to pair them with boyfriend or skinny jeans; boyfriend for a relaxed feel and skinnies as you head into night for a clean, streamlined look.
I tied in a gorgeous statement necklace from my dear friend, Sally at Shop For Jayu and she made the gesture even sweeter: she’s offered my lovely readers 20% all items through to December 1 using the promo code IMALITTLE.
You NEED to check out this site, it has everything you need to score unique holiday gifts for the ladies in your life and at 20% the prices are an absolutely steal.
Hope you’re off to a wonderful week…if you’re in the city or on the east coast, stay warm. It’s getting chilly out there!
Details: Jacket c/o Gap Canada / T-Shirt Club Monaco / Boyfriend Jeans Levi’s 501 / Belt c/o Gap Canada / Shoes Stuart Weitzman / Watch c/o Caravelle New York / Necklace c/o Shop for Jayu / Bag Rebecca Minkoff
Can y’all believe it’s 6 weeks to Christmas?! With the holiday season officially underway I’m happy to team up with my friends at eBay Canada to help you as you prep your nice list. I just LOVE shopping for family & friends, so this was a real treat for me as I got to start thinking about gift giving nice and early!
I’ve rounded up my top 10 picks for this season and highlighted a few below. To see the rest visit eBay Canada here to get inspired.
Footsies by Tootsie Shoppe
I am obsessed with these feminine footsies! They are the perfect piece to wear with booties or to playfully dress up a pair of heels. Combining function and fashion, these footsies make an excellent stocking stuffer for the ladies in your life!
Hello Kitty USB Stick
Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer
Every baking enthusiast needs this mixer! It’s a bit pricey but well worth the investment and will definitely stand the test of time. It’s also perfect, as you can purchase additional attachments as a follow up gift for celebrations to come.
Dannijo Statement Necklace
Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Bag
Frends Rose Gold Taylor Headphones
I have a different version of these Frends headphones, but went bananas when I saw these oversized babies. Funky on the outside and incredibly cushioned on the inside, you can rock out in style without compromising comfort.