victoria’s secret

Burgundy and royal blue

burgundy royal blue

j.crew minnie silk tank

Top:  Victoria’s Secret silk tank {old – also seen here paired with a maxi skirt and here in a super casual look…with my favorite summer sandals!}
Pants:  J.Crew Minnie in stretch twill {new!}
Necklace:  Gorjana
Bracelets:  Gorjana three-bead bracelet, Club Monaco/Gorjana leather wrap bracelet {loving the simple/delicate accessories this brand is currently offering}
Purse:  bought while in Poland in 2011 – no brand {similar}
Shoes:  Tory Burch Amalie sandals

Today’s thoughts:
1)  I have been itching to wear these pants, but wanted to be sure my outfit didn’t scream “fall” when it is still technically summer.  The solution – an airy royal blue tank 🙂
2)  You can really see my finger splint in these photos… only a few days left to go!
3)  Sorry for the lack of diversity of poses – I wan only able to snap a few quick shots.  It was either post one photo, or two very similar photos {one photo was probably sufficient, but I just couldn’t choose between these two…}


Summer blues

brian atwood sandal relaxed outfit silk tank

Another casual summer look…
I recently had a question about what I am holding in my photos.  It is my shutter release.  Since I take my own photos, it is easiest to use a release instead of repeatedly setting the self timer.  At first I tried to keep the shutter release hidden (behind purses, in pockets, etc), but my newest release has a rather weak signal and needs to be in the line of sight of my camera.  Until I get a new one (when this one breaks), it will be making an appearance in all my photos 🙂

Top:  Victoria’s Secret silk tank {3-4 years old, but they are still making the same style – also in print}
Bracelets:  Thrifted branch bangles, Club Monaco wrap bracelet, J.Crew
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Factory tennis bracelet
Pants:  Joe Fresh {on sale for $4 – last summer’s purchase.  Similar here and here}
Shoes:  B Brian Atwood ‘Labrea’


Part of me really wanted to re-take these photos, but with limited time left in the day (yesterday), I didn’t have an opportunity take a second round.  For better or for worse, a large part of fashion blogging is actually photo composition. While I am by no means a photo pro, I know that had I taken these shots in my normal location (there were people around…grrrrr), or had I actually ventured out in public to shoot this outfit near something architectural, the clothes would have translated much much better.  Instead, I snapped a few sub-par photos next to my garage.  Classy.

Blazer:  J.Crew 1035 blazer
T-shirt:  Joe Fresh {old}
Pants:  London Jeans {from Victoria’s Secret}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Necklaces:  homemade {DIY instructions}
Purse:  Pour La Victoire ‘Haven’  (very similar, also from PLV)
Shoes:  Jean-Michel Cazabat ‘Ozara’

What do you think of the larger pictures?  Let me know!

Linen Woes

Linen baffles me.  It wrinkles soooo easily.  Yet it is a popular summer fabric that I (like a sucker) continue to buy and wear.  I literally ironed these shorts 3 minutes prior to taking these photos.  I feel this is a “disappointed head shake” moment. 

Top:  Jaloux {bought through Hautelook}  (similar)
Linen shorts:  Victoria’s Secret  Beach Short
Necklace:  Z Designs Hammered Crescent Necklace
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh Allie Bangles {obsessed!}
Sunglasses:  a Shoppers Drug Mart find
Purse:  Pour la Victoire ‘Haven’ Satchel  (similar PLV option)
Shoes:  Calvin Klein ‘Ria’ Loafers

Lesson: Wind

Lesson of the day:  It is incredibly difficult to take photos of a maxi dress when it is windy out. 

Blazer:  Banana Republic
Dress:  Joe Fresh {recent}  (similar)
Necklace:  Amrita Singh  (similar)
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh Allie Bangles
Belt:  Victoria’s Secret {part of a different dress}
Bag:  Winners  (similar CK option)
Sandals:  French Connection {old}  (similar from ASOS)

Wishing it was a long weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all my readers in the US!  I am not-so-secretly jealous that you get today off (even though last Monday was Victoria Day here in Canada).  Regardless, 3-day weekends are amazing.  They should be the norm.

Tank:  Club Monaco {~2 years old}  (similar)
Linen Pants:  Victoria’s Secret
Bracelet:  Cassis  (similar)
Sunglasses:  drugstore wayfarer-like find  (similar)
Belt:  Winners
Purse:  Pour la Victoire ‘Haven’ Bag  (similar PLV here)
Sandals:  French Connection {old, bought through}  (similar inexpensive, or similar expensive)


Interested in some satire about ridiculous fashion blogger poses?  Check out this post and its follow-up on the Not So Lonely Londoners site. You can see a my rendition of the flamingo below 🙂  I re-tweeted the links on the weekend, but since it gave me a few laughs, I thought I would bring it up again today in the wake of some ridiculous posing (although most of those pics were deleted…)

Top:  J.Crew {one of my favs} (similar)
Dress:  Joe Fresh {last summer} (similar Gap version)
Glasses:  Armani Exchange {found at Shopper’s Drug Mart – so random} (similar AX model)
Bag:  Victoria’s Secret {was a free gift with purchase either last summer, or the one before} (similar)
Shoes:  Nine West ‘Jaxson’ Espadrilles {bought at The Bay at the end of last summer}

After the rain

In between rain storms I went to visit a friend.  Smartest colour decision ever, given the weather?  No.  But fortunately I didn’t end up getting stuck in the rain.  It could have been bad.

Lace Top:  Moon (bought at The Bay) (or similar)
Jeans:  London Jean, Victoria’s Secret (similar)
Necklaces: both Amrita Singh (similar and similar)
Bracelet:  Lulu’s (similar)
Glasses:  Armani Exchange (very similar)
Purse:  Steve Madden Berkeley tote (similar)
Shoes:  Calvin Klein ‘Sandrie’ Loafers

Stripes Challenge

Jessica from What I Wore is running a stripes style challenge.  This is one of the outfits I plan on submitting (that is, if I get my act together…).

Last night, Kevin and I went to watch the Ottawa Senator’s defeat the New York Rangers in overtime!  Go Sens Go!  We didn’t get home until close to 2 am.  Fortunately I booked today off – I would have been a useless employee today (so tired!).

Sweater:  Joe Fresh (old) (similar)
Jeans:  Victoria’s Secret (similar)
Silver Necklace:  Z Designs
Bib necklace:  Expression (@ The Bay) (similar)
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh (only wore about 5 of the bangles)
Clutch:  Josette Cacnio
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange (very similar)
Sandals:  Maxstudio ‘Eddy’

More Easter Weekend

I was really excited about my thrifted pastel floral blouse (very spring-appropriate!) but unfortunately I messed up these photos (again) so it is hard to see the details.

Blouse:  Thrifted (similar)
Coat:  Banana Republic Factory (similar)
Pants:  Victoria Secret (similar)
Bracelets:  Mexx, unknown
Earrings:  Expression (at The Bay) (similar)
Clutch:  Vieta (similar)
Sandals:  Pour la Victoire Vanna