The perfect red: A sweet cherry hue graces a blazer and Celine Nano

Red Zara blazer, red Celine Nano, Forever 21 blouse and necklaceRed Zara blazer, red Celine Nano, Forever 21 blouse and necklace

Red Celine Nano, Hermes cuff bracelet, opal ring and Tiffany & Co. small bead bracelet
A single pop of cherry red can compliment an outfit in almost any hue - And an outfit with more than one accent of this eye-catching colour can be the ticket to sartorial bliss.

How do you like to wear red: On lips, handbags, outerwear, or all of the above?

blazer (Zara), jeans (Old Navy), blouse and necklace (Forever 21), bag (Celine),  watch (Michael Kors), bracelets (Tiffany & Co. and Hermes)

Cognac leather: J Brand leather leggings get bold in a brandy shade

Ela Editor's Pouch clutch, Michael Kors gold watch and an Alden Rae braceletJ brand leather leggings with a faux fur vest and Ela clutch



J brand leather leggings with a faux fur vest and Ela clutch

J brand leather leggings with a faux fur vest and Ela clutch
Faux fur and leather have become dominant themes in my winter wardrobe.
Venture back to a few of my recent posts and you're guaranteed to find at least one (or often, both!) of these trends.
For years I've wanted a pair of leather leggings but was never willing to commit to the investment.
But, after splurging on an oh-so-worth-it lambskin pair by Theory (last seen here), I found myself searching for my next perfect pair - with colour.
I found these cognac-hued J Brand leather leggings and decided to take the plunge! The buttery soft leather and delicious tone are divine -- if a little unforgiving -- but I'm nonetheless pleased with this addition to my leather collection.
Leggings(J Brand), vest (Vera, Vera Wang), blouse and cuff (Forever 21), clutch (Ela), wrap bracelet (Alden Rae), watch (Michael Kors), ring (Tarina Tarantino)

Frosty floral: Winter white gets warmer with flower-print cigarette pants

Marc Jacobs Stam handbag, Forever 21 gold bracelet and a gold Michael Kors watchWinter white wool coat with Gap floral pants and a Marc Jacobs handbag

Winter white wool coat with Gap floral pants and a Marc Jacobs handbag

Winter white wool coat with Gap floral pants and a Marc Jacobs handbag
 Floral-printed pants can be dicey at the best of times; too many flowers can seem overwhelming and bring attention to broad hips, while too few and too-tiny petals can be more of a distraction than an intentional "look."
I decided to go for these printed cigarette trousers for two reasons: (1.) because the beautiful royal blue makes them both classic and versatile, and (2.) because the print seemed to strike the perfect balance amidst the common conundrum described above.
A winter white blouse and long wool coat keeps these spring-friendly pants styled for winter, while a hi-low hem racerback tank, light denim jacket and a wedge sandal would work to segue these pants into the warmer months.
Pants (The Gap, old), blouse and bracelet (Forever 21), coat (Suzy Shier, old), bag (Marc Jacobs Stam), watch (Michael Kors), shoe (Expression from The Bay)

Winter white leather jacket and blue maxi skirt

Zara white leather jacket, bright blue Forever 21 maxi skirt and a snakeskin Ferragamo bag.

Zara white leather jacket, bright blue Forever 21 maxi skirt and a snakeskin Ferragamo bag.


Zara white leather jacket, bright blue Forever 21 maxi skirt and a snakeskin Ferragamo bag.

Perhaps it's the allure of butter-soft leather, or maybe it's the air of effortless chic associated with a full-length skirt ... but, there's something about the pairing of a leather jacket with a maxi skirt or dress that always grabs my attention.

This winter white leather jacket paired with a blue maxi skirt are a bright choice for winter ... and a hopeful sartorial nod to the warmer days of spring that are to come.

Jacket (Zara), skirt and necklace (Forever 21), bag (Ferragamo), shoes (The Bay)

Winter wardrobe: Mackage leather jacket and a faux fur vest look cool in the winter sun

Black Simply Vera Wang faux fur vest, Mackage Kenya leather and a Celine Mini Luggage handbag.

Forever 21 necklace and blouse

Black Simply Vera Wang faux fur vest, Mackage Kenya leather and a Celine Mini Luggage handbag.

Black Simply Vera Wang faux fur vest, Mackage Kenya leather and a Celine Mini Luggage handbag.

From vests to shawls, faux fur has been on heavy rotation in my winter wardrobe.
For months I had been searching for a black faux fur vest that (a.) didn't make me look like an extra on the set of Monsters Inc., or (b.) wasn't more like a '70s shag carpet than an actual animal pelt.
I found this version by Simply Vera Vera Wang on a recent pilgrimage to the States, and I was pleased with its length, blend of brown/black fibres, and overall look.
Paired with a leather jacket, blouse or pants, faux fur gets a dose of deluxe that elevates it from the everyday -- to the spectacular.
Vest (Simply Vera Vera Wang), leather jacket (Mackage for Aritzia), blouse (Forever 21), pants (The Bay), handbag (Celine), jewelry (Michael Kors and Forever 21)

One peplum, four outfits

Peplum top with red skinny jeans and a polka dot blouse

Peplum top with a pencil skirt, mint belt and an Ela Mirror Ball clutch

Peplum top with a neon yellow Zara jacket


Black neoprene peplum top

Neoprene peplum top with a metal and bead belt and a ruffle skirt 
If you've looked in a fashion magazine in the last few months, chances are, you've stumbled across a few peplum tops. 
And if I were really in a betting mood, I would also venture to guess that you have one (or even a few) garments with a peplum accent in your closet right now. 
So, if peplums are so popular, why does it seem that only obvious outfits (paired with a body-con skirt) always seems to come up when researching online? 
Take a look at the outfits I've put together as alternatives to the tried-and-true (or is it tired-and-true?) peplum silhouette. 

Neoprene peplum (Dynamite) used in all looks.
Look No.1: Red skinny jeans (Old Navy Rockstars), polka dot blouse (Pure Alfred Sung, old), bag (Celine Mini Luggage), necklace (Forever 21)
Look No. 2: Pencil skirt (Forever 21, old), mint belt (The Gap), clutch (Ela Mirror Ball)
Look No. 3: Neon jacket (Zara), necklace (Expression from The Bay), watch (Michael Kors), bracelet (Forever 21), shoes (Jessica by Jessica Simpson)
Look No. 4: Metal and resin bead necklace worn as a belt (Expression from The Bay), skirt (Forever 21, old)


Faux fur stole and harem pants


Faux fur stole

Faux fur stole and Topshop harem pants


Faux fur stole and Topshop harem pants

Faux fur stole and Topshop harem pants

Few fashion subjects are as polarizing as the faux vs. real fur debate. 

The 12-year-old, animal rights activist version of myself would be quick to turn up her nose and waltz away (clad in an "Against animal testing" T-shirt, of course!) at the very mention of fur. But the more I delve into the world of fashion and street style, the more I have come to respect the idea of incorporating real fur into one's wardrobe. 

With that said, however, I'm still not yet convinced real fur is for me. 

After many sleepless, regret-filled nights spent thinking about a faux fur stole I passed up at Aritzia during the end of winter sales last year, I happened across this version a few months ago. 

Though initially skeptical about its wearability, I have since found it a versatile topper that's both fashionable and functional. And the best part? I'd like to think I've made the tween me proud.

Top and Pants (Topshop), loafers (Steve Madden), portfolio (Coach), stole (Attitude at Sears)

Ela Mirror Ball Editor's Pouch


Ela Editor's Pouch

Ela Editor's Pouch


Ela Editor's Pouch


Few fashion items capture my attention more completely than an impeccably made handbag.

I first stumbled across the Canadian brand Ela while on a browsing trip through Holt Renfrew last year.

While it was Ela's M.I.L.C.K. clutch (cleverly named after the essentials in every woman's bag: money, ID, lipstick, cell and keys) that first caught my eye, it was this chic Editor's Pouch in metallic silver that had me reaching for my wallet.

Made in Spain of sturdy, stud-embossed leather, the Editor's Pouch is big enough to fit an iPad and other essentials for day, as well as virtually anything else you may need for night.

It just may be the perfect clutch.

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