Leather-sleeve Helmut Lang blazer

December 29, 2012

Helmut lang Crux blazer

Want to look like an off-duty fashion editor? Well, you don't have to have access to a giant wardrobe closet and the season's hottest trends to do it. 

Helmut lang Crux blazer

The key to sartorial success is often in the details.

Helmut lang Crux blazer

Upgrade simple pieces such as a white T-shirt and black ponte leggings with a luxe topper such as a leather jacket -- or even better -- a leather-sleeved blazer. 

Helmut lang Crux blazer

The look is deliciously casual with ballet flats or smoking slippers, or, give it an added dose of deluxe with a covetable handbag and a pair of killer pumps. 

YSL Cabas Chyc tote and Christian Louboutin pumps

Blazer (Helmet Lang), pants (The Hudson's Bay Co.), shirt (Topshop), bag (Yves Saint Laurent [old, but all-leather version here]), pumps (Christian Louboutin Corneille), sunglasses (Prada), bracelets (Tiffany and Co.)

December 28, 2012

Ferragamo snakeskin

Salvatore Ferragamo snakeskin crossbody bag

Snakeskin is an intimidating material. 

Salvatore Ferragamo snakeskin crossbody bag
From the striking range of available colours, to the crisp scales, it's a material that screams, "Don't mess with me!"

Salvatore Ferragamo snakeskin crossbody bag

Personally, the most panic-inducing factor of this beautiful skin is its delicate nature. 

I want to use it every day -- but instead I find myself safely wrapping it in its dustbag, effectively sentencing this awe-inspiring Salvatore Ferragamo cross-body to a lifetime of fond glances and careful caresses -- all within the confines of my room. 

What's your experience with snakeskin?

Black maxi skirt and sweater

December 20, 2012

Black maxi skirt

A black maxi skirt gets winterized with a wool-blend, dolman-sleeve sweater (and a onesie underneath!).

Black maxi skirt and sweater

A touch of colour from a coral clutch acts as a fun focal point for this otherwise modest outfit,

Coral clutch

While a few layered accessories add a hint of luxury. 

Black maxi skirt and sweater

Skirt and Sweater (Forever 21), belt (vintage), watch (Michael Kors), clutch (Marc Jacobs), bracelets (Hermes and Tiffany and Co.)

White leather vest

December 18, 2012

White leather vest

Just when I had decided I was ready to jump into the leather vest trend, I realized I still had one decision to make: black or white?

White leather vest

While black is undeniably classic and cool, I decided on this mock crocodile leather moto vest by Stylestalker. 

White leather vest

It looks great now paired with my favourite chunky knit (see how to wear it at night, here) and a pair of skinny black jeans. Likewise, I can't wait to try it with a silk tank and a flowy midi skirt come spring. 

Vest (Stylestalker), sweater (Zara), jeans (Old Navy Rockstar), watch (Michael Kors), bracelets (Tiffany & Co., J Crew and Hermes), sunglasses (Prada)

Silk on silk: Joe Fresh meets Chanel with a classic black and white look

December 12, 2012

Silk blouse

A boldly printed silk pajama-style blouse gets a dose of decadence with silk jogging trousers. 

Silk trousers

Paired with black and gold accessories such as T-strap pumps ...

Silk blouse

and a classic handbag ...

Silk blouse

this multi-season outfit works great for day or night.  

Blouse (Joe Fresh), trousers (Forever 21 [old]), watch (Michael Kors), heels (Jessica Simpson), handbag (Chanel), necklace (The Bay)
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Bold blue

December 11, 2012

Blue blouse and grey trousers

Grey trousers get a bold boost of colour with this bright blue blouse.

The fitted trousers are balanced by a loose-fitting top ...

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While the looks stays polished with black, pointed-toe pumps and an oversized portfolio. 

Blue blouse and jacquard pants

Pants (Zara), blouse (Winners), collar (The Bay), watch (Michael Kors), clutch (Coach), sunglasses (Prada), shoes (Jessica Simpson) 

Pale pink perfection: Dusty rose J Brands and a luxe Prada tote

December 9, 2012

Pink Aritzia blouse

Wearing a monochromatic outfit is a great way to elongate your frame. 

Pink J Brand jeans

This sheer, powder pink blouse and matching pants are a surprisingly slimming combination for a such a difficult to wear hue. 

Prada Saffiano Luxe tote

To keep the look light, I opted for a beige tote bag and some T-strap, pointy toed pumps. 

Pink Aritzia blouse
Blouse (Aritzia {old}), jeans (J Brand), handbag (Prada Saffiano Lux tote), shoes (Jessica Simpson {in black here}), watch (Michael Kors), necklace/sunglasses (Forever 21)

Leather sleeves

December 8, 2012

Danier leather shirt with J Brand 811 twills and a Celine mini luggage tote

The secret's out: I love leather. 

Danier leather shirt with J Brand 811 twills and a Celine mini luggage tote

Leather bags, leather pants, and now, this leather-sleeved shirt.

Danier leather shirt

It's a relaxed take on the biker-chic trend.
Top (Danier), jeans (J Brand), bag (Celine mini luggage), loafer (Steve Madden), sunglasses (Prada)

Peplum power

December 5, 2012

Peplum top

OK, I'll admit it --  I want in on the peplum party. 

Peplum top

Despite this style being featured in every magazine and in almost every store, I have found this cut extremely difficult to wear. 

Peplum top

So, for my introduction to peplum, I chose to keep my look simple with dark denim and minimal jewelry ...

Christian Louboutin pumps

Choosing to let the focus fall on the sleek silhouette -- and these killer hot orange pumps.

How do you wear peplum?

Top (Dynamite), jeans and earrings (Forever 21), pumps (Christian Louboutin), bangles (Alexis Bittar)

Purr-fect work party frock

December 4, 2012

Leopard dress

Tis the season of holiday parties. Have an evening that requires an appearance at both a work and social event? No problem.
Leopard dress

Making one outfit work for two dramatically different events isn't an insurmountable challenge. This leopard dress and blazer outfit is purr-fect for those double-booked nights.

Leopard dress with a Helmut Lang blazer

For the work crowd, a high neckline and just-above-the-knee length keeps the look modest, yet appropriate. (Note the stockings - a MUST!)

Leopard dress
The leopard print and boldly cut blazer, as well as the addition of platform pumps and some standout statement jewelry, helps this look easily transition to drinks with friends.

Dress (Topshop), blazer (Helmut Lang), watch (Michael Kors), ring (Tarina Tarantino), sunglasses (Prada), tights (George @ Walmart), lipstick (MAC Russian Red)

Chunky knit at night: Zara sweater and Chanel Jumbo classic flap

December 3, 2012

Zara sweater

Sure, chunky knits are great for wearing during the day ... but can they be worn at night? 

Zara knit

Yes. They. Can. Make your wardrobe work overtime by pairing an oversized chunky sweater with a second-skin pair of shiny leggings.

Chanel Classic flap handbag

Add a bold pair of leopard pumps and a classic handbag and you're ready to hit the town.
Sweater (Zara), leggings (American Apparel), pumps (Jessica Simpson), handbag (Chanel), watch (Michael Kors), bracelet (J. Crew), Sunglasses (Prada)  

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