Military mini

Zara camo blouse, black mini skirt, Topshop necklace, Gap two-tone clutch and Topshop heels.

Zara camo blouse, black mini skirt, Topshop necklace, Gap two-tone clutch and Topshop heels.

Zara camo blouse, black mini skirt, Topshop necklace, Gap two-tone clutch and Topshop heels.

Zara camo blouse, black mini skirt, Topshop necklace, Old Navy bracelets, Tiffany bracelet and ring,Gap two-tone clutch and Topshop heels.

Zara camo blouse, black mini skirt, Topshop necklace, Old Navy bracelets, Tiffany bracelet and ring,Gap two-tone clutch and Topshop heels.

Zara camo blouse, black mini skirt, Topshop necklace, Old Navy bracelets, Tiffany bracelet and ring,Gap two-tone clutch and Topshop heels.
Blouse: Zara camo blouse (sold out - last seen here)
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace and heels: Topshop (similar here)
Left arm: Old Navy bracelets and Michael Kors watch
Clutch: Gap 
Sunglasses: Aldo (old - but love these ones)

Oak + Fort maxi

Oak + Fort maxi dress, light denim jacket, gold Gap clutch and Sam Edelman Serena sandals

Oak + Fort maxi dress, light denim jacket, gold Gap clutch and Sam Edelman Serena sandals

Oak + Fort maxi dress, light denim jacket, gold Gap clutch and Sam Edelman Serena sandals

Oak + Fort maxi dress, light denim jacket, gold Gap clutch and Sam Edelman Serena sandals
Dress: Oak + Fort
Jacket: Forever 21Lightly Faded Denim Jacket
Clutch: Gap
Necklace: Mimi and Marge

If you're anything like me, when you find something that fits - you buy it in multiples.
I found this pleated maxi dress while shopping the recent Gastown Shop Hop event in Vancouver. Though I initially balked at the $58 price tag, when I tried it on I was thrilled with the fit, and the fact it's made of a polyester-blend material (and therefore won't fade!) was an added bonus. 
I ended up buying it in black and navy and am planning to add a few lighter colours to my collection in the coming months. 

Leopard harem pants

Leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Cusp blazer, Gap clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels.

Leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Cusp blazer, Gap clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels.

Leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Cusp blazer, Gap clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels.

Leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Cusp blazer, Gap clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels.

Leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Cusp blazer, Gap clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels.
Pants: Forever 21
Blazer: Helmut Lang Cusp 
Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target (similar here)
Clutch: Gap
Bracelets: Alexis Bittar, Expressions and Chanel

Some days just call for a little (or a lot!) leopard.
In order to avoid looking like a full-fledged zoo exhibit, I chose to tone it down with a chic, oversized blazer and gold-toned clutch. Rawr! 

Lust List: Five striped blazers at every price

Striped blazers

I will openly admit it: I love online shopping -- and this week I found myself gravitating toward striped blazers.  


Think these bold patterned toppers aren't for you? Think again.
Take a look at the five, budget-spanning pieces that caught my wandering eye this week


Forever 21 Open Front Striped Blazer - $27.80
Forever 21 striped blazer

 Loose, light and with a thinner stripe, this open front jacket is an easy, on-trend addition to any warm-weather look. 


Boohoo Kennedy Striped Peplum -$50
  
Boohoo Canada striped peplum blazer
Fashion meets function with this cool peplum blazer. The varying angles add interest while the flared cut is flattering for every body type. 

Gap Striped Ponte Academy Blazer - $69.99 
Gap Striped Ponte Academy Blazer
Forget what you once heard about avoiding horizontal stripes. This ponte knit blazer is cool, comfortable and ultra-flattering with its mid-length cut and streamlined design. 
J.Crew Maritime Blazer - $115.99
J.Crew Maritime Striped Blazer
Stripes go from trendy to timeless with this structured blazer in a seasonally friendly double knit.


Zara Striped Blazer - $139
Zara Striped blazer
Saving the best for last, this thick-striped blazer has menswear chic written all over it. From the boxy cut to the accented pockets -- this striped topper is a must-have.

Holt Renfrew Spring 2013 Beauty Bag: A look inside

Holt Renfrew Spring 2013 Beauty Bag
Stocking up on spring beauty trends can be a costly endeavour.
Thankfully, Holt Renfrew has released its seasonal Beauty Bag featuring 13 of the hottest must-haves of the season -- all for $35.
Out of all the products in the bag (see the full list below), I'm most excited to get my hands on the NARS eyeshadow base (perfect for the warm weather ahead!), Laura Mercier setting powder with a travel-sized fan brush (cute and practical!) and the Estee Lauder illuminator (hello, highlighting!)
Oh, and the ombre carrying case is pretty covetable too.


Holt Renfrew Spring 2013 Beauty Bag
A closeup of a few of the travel-size products included in the Beauty Bag

Here's the full list of goodies that are included:
- Bottega Veneta eau de parfum
- Chantecaille magnolia, jasmine and lily healing emulsion
- Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector
- Deborah Lippmann Daytripper nail lacquer
- Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator
- Lancome Hypnose Drama
- Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily body wash
- NARS Smudge-Proof eyeshadow base
- Oribe Creme for Style
- Oribe Supershine light moisturizing cream
- Sisley Eau Efficace gentle makeup remover
- Extra removable makeup pouch
- $10 beauty voucher for a future beauty purchase

With a beauty booty bag this good, I'm hoping the luxury retailer will come out with a fashion bag filled with the season's hottest trends next.
The Beauty Bag is available now for a limited time at Holt Renfrew stores.

Asos burgundy leather top

Burgundy leather Asos top, burgundy Topshop jeans, ela editor's pouch clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target heels
 Top: Asos (also love this one)
Jeans: Topshop
Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target
Clutch: Ela
Sunglasses: Prada
Bracelets: Chanel, Alexis Bittar, Expression

Burgundy is a bold alternative to classic black ... and in buttery smooth leather it's even better.
A leather top is a more budget-friendly way to jump on this ongoing trend than a pair of leggings, or my current obsession: leather jogging pants.
And barring the height of summer (Hello, sweatsuit!) leather continues to be a wonderful, wear-all-year option.

Baby pink

Floral Zara blazer, Topshop shirt, pink J Brand 811 skinny jeans and a Coach Legacy clutch

Floral Zara blazer, Topshop shirt, pink J Brand 811 skinny jeans and a Coach Legacy clutchFloral Zara blazer, Topshop shirt, pink J Brand 811 skinny jeans and a Coach Legacy clutch


 Blazer: Zara
Shirt: Topshop
Pants: J Brand
Heels: Expression by Hudson's Bay
Clutch: Coach 
My favourite thing about a multi-colour blazer is its sheer versatility. You can highlight any colour in it and make it feel fresh.  
I have had this floral piece for only about a month, but I have already styled it with a skirt and dress --  Effectively reinventing this on-trend piece with each new pairing.

Military blues

Zara camouflage blouse, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels and a Celine mini luggage tote


Zara camouflage blouse, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels and a Celine mini luggage tote

Zara camouflage blouse, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels and a Celine mini luggage tote

Zara camouflage blouse, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels and a Celine mini luggage tote
Blouse: Zara  (recent)
Jeans: Old Navy
Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target 
Bag: Celine Mini Luggage tote
Sunglasses: Material Girl 
Bracelets: Vita Fede, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co. and Eddie Borgo

I'm a sucker for soft fabrics, so when I saw this uber-cool Lyocell shirt at Zara I knew it had to be mine.  
For those who aren't familiar with this fabric, it is one of the most eco-friendly, naturally regenerating fibres currently being used in the textile industry. More expensive to produce than cotton and rayon, it is made from dissolved, bleached wood pulp and is sometimes referred to as Tencel. (Thank you, Wikipedia). 
Although it is prone to wrinkles, Lyocell is easy to care for and is less fragile than silk. In short, I love it.

Intergalactic peplum


Galaxy peplum top, mini skirt and Chanel burgundy lambskin mini.


Galaxy peplum top, mini skirt and Chanel burgundy lambskin mini.

Galaxy peplum top, mini skirt and Chanel burgundy lambskin mini.

Galaxy peplum top, mini skirt and Chanel burgundy lambskin mini.

Galaxy peplum top, mini skirt and Chanel burgundy lambskin mini.

Top: Asos
Skirt: Forever 21
Bag: Chanel
Shoes: Jessica Simpson 
You know that item you add to your online shopping bag solely for the purpose of meeting the free shipping requirement? This was mine. 
I picked up this galactic peplum during my first purchase from Asos.com. It was meant to serve as extra padding to ensure the other piece of my order (an amazing burgundy leather T-shirt) made it safely across the pond ... but I was overjoyed when it turned out to be a just-as-stellar (sorry, I had to) acquisition as the coveted tee. 

Fun with flowers: A Topshop cropped tank and pleated maxi skirt

Topshop tank, Laura pleated maxi skirt, Coach Legacy crossbody and Zara studded suede boots


Topshop tank, Laura pleated maxi skirt, Coach Legacy crossbody and Zara studded suede boots

Topshop tank, Laura pleated maxi skirt, Coach Legacy crossbody and Zara studded suede boots

Topshop tank, Laura pleated maxi skirt, Coach Legacy crossbody and Zara studded suede boots

Topshop tank, Laura pleated maxi skirt, Coach Legacy crossbody and Zara studded suede boots
Tank: Topshop (similar here) | Skirt: Laura (last seen here)  | Boots: Zara (old, but similar here) | Bag: Coach
Bangles: Chanel, Forever 21, Alexis Bittar
Channel Coachella-cool and the easy, breezy spirit of spring with a carefree maxi skirt and flower-covered tank.

On the fence

Gap striped dress, Tory Burch ballet flats and a Celine Nano Luggage tote

Gap striped dress, Tory Burch ballet flats and a Celine Nano Luggage tote

Gap striped dress, Tory Burch ballet flats and a Celine Nano Luggage tote


Gap striped dress, Tory Burch ballet flats and a Celine Nano Luggage tote
 Dress: Gap | Flats: Tory Burch | Bag: Celine Nano Luggage Tote | Bracelets: Tiffany & Co., Vita Fede
 | Watch: Michael Kors

A classic, nautical striped dress is on the fashion fence when paired with bold red accessories.

Camo pants and cage heels

Camouflage skinny jeans, Gap clutch, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels

Camouflage skinny jeans, Gap clutch, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heelsCamouflage skinny jeans, Gap clutch, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels


Neon Topshop necklace and gold aviators

Camouflage skinny jeans, Gap clutch, Prabal Gurung for Target cage heels
Jeans: Sirens | Sweater: Forever 21 | Necklace: Topshop | Clutch: Gap | Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target | Bangles: Forever 21, Chanel, Alexis Bittar and Coach

Camo pants and cage heels get a kick of colour from a neon necklace and two-tone clutch.

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