Category Archives: Fashion

The Shoot

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Stylist: Michela Byl    Photographer: Matthew Burditt    Hair & Makeup: Naureen Manzoor    Model: Jess Hotvedt

As promised a number of weeks ago, here are the snaps from my styling final.

Look 1: Another era, another life. This look focuses on the spirit of a woman searching for something- or someone- lost. Haunting yet beautiful is the overarching visual theme, and proves that shades of grey can be just as interesting as the brightest of colours.

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Look 2: Bright colours, graphic prints. Warhol and Superwoman. Taking pieces from comic strips and classic pop art alike, this look is all about energy and that extra bam. When pulled together, these inspirations create a shoot that is as blinding as it is fun. A truly upbeat visual feast.

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The Game Changer

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H&M midi dress; Aritzia jacket; Gap cardigan; Club Monaco belt; Dolce Vita  booties; Zara scarf; J.Crew bag; Miro watch; gifted toque, gloves

As my dear friends know only too well, I’m not really a dress/skirt person. I’m totally that girl who shows up to weddings or engagement parties wearing a blouse, heels and dress pants rather than put on a skirt like every one else. In fact, I can count the number of times I’ve donned one in the last year on one hand (not including mandatory work dress code, of course).Quite a sad stat, but that’s likely to change since I picked up this bad boy. Super soft jersey, just-right midi length, and a grey that doesn’t totally look like sweatshirt material. If this is the other side of pants, consider me officially on board.

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The Crew

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J.Crew sweater, trenchcoat, Minnie pants, necklace, Brompton Hobo, socks, oxfords

A little ode to J.Crew, my one love of retail.

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The Collaboration

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Isabel Marant X H&M tank, silk trousers; Lanvin X H&M pumps; Jacob blazer; Forever 21 necklace; Banana Republic clutch; gifted watch, bracelet

Outside of sports and a good games night (Cranium is my jam), I’m not a person who does well with competitive environments. Very little stresses me out more than vying for the best seats at a sold-out movie or shopping with elbows out in order to deal with mass crowds. For this reason I decided to forego getting up at sunrise to wait on opening day for the Isabel Marant X H&M collab I was so desperate to get my hands on. Lucky for me, Vancouver shoppers aren’t quite as ravenous for Parisian design as I thought and it wasn’t a complete free-for-all trying to locate my size among the racks. Despite rolling in at 3 that afternoon I managed to try on everything I wanted and left with two amazing pieces from the collection. Stress free shopping and sick Marant duds? I was one happy girl.

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The Calm Before the Storm

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J.Crew sweater, button up, pixie pants; H&M necklace, clutch; Zara trench; Call it Spring booties; Nixon watch

After an unseasonably dry (albeit foggy) October, November started out exactly as expected with copious amounts of rain. A little taste of the winter weather to come. I managed to sneak in one more photoshoot with those beautiful fall leaves- I just can’t get over the colours around this time of year.

Happy hump day!

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T Minus 14 Days

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November is here which means we’re only a glorious two weeks away from one of the most anticipated collaborations ever (in my humble opinion, of course). Drum roll please… it’s time for Isabel Marant for H&M! By now I’m sure most of you have peeped the goods and are counting down the days until it hits stores on the 14th. The collection is a little pricey (the beautiful embellished jacket at the top left is a cool $320), but at only a fraction of the designer’s normal price range, all the pieces feel like a steal. In addition to the jacket, I have my eye on the white embroidered top (in top right picture) and a pair of printed silk trousers, though I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I didn’t see any of her signature Dicker boots. What pieces have you been drooling over?

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The New Season

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J.Crew cashmere, pixie pants; Zara leather jacket; Nixon watch; gifted toque & scarf

Fall has officially arrived in Vancouver and I could not be more excited. Layers, crisp mornings, and pumpkin-flavored everything are just a few things that make this season my favourite. Busting out a toque, scarf and leather jacket seemed like the perfect way to usher in the change, and I can’t wait for more as the leaves continue to fall.

What’s your favourite season?

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The Cameo

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Thanksgiving weekend seemed like the perfect time to introduce someone I’m thankful for in my life. The hottie featured is my dear roomie/bestie/fitness motivator Laura of Dedicated Not Addicted. When not rocking lulus during her training for fitness competitions (her third one is coming up in November!), Laur always kills it with some serious street style. I’m especially envious of her newsboy hat and love how it perfectly tempers the exaggerated shoulders of the jacket. Black on black with a touch of rocker has become somewhat of her signature, and when you look this good doing it there’s clearly no need to stray.

Happy thanksgiving all! What are you thankful for this weekend?

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PS Don’t forget to check out Laur’s blog Dedicated Not Addicted for fitness tips, recipes, weekly challenges and more!

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The Vintage Topper

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Vintage cape; J.Crew sweater, pixie pant, necklace; Winners button up; Aldo boots; Miro watch

Like politics and religion, fur is one of those things that people feel very strongly about. Without making this too much of a debate, I’ll say straight out that I don’t see anything wrong with fur as long as (as with everything else) it’s done responsibly. It’s for this reason that I’ve casually been scouting vintage shops (rather than furrier stores) for the past couple of years for the perfect fur vest to accent my fall wardrobe. I finally found the perfect topper last week at Community Thrift & Vintage down in Gastown and couldn’t be happier. I love that it’s kind of a mix between a cape and stole; easy to throw on, but comes down on my shoulders to give more of a jacket vibe. And pockets! Always love pockets. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so posh.

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Mimicry

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Miu Miu/ Aldo

I love a good fashion find that doesn’t break the bank (who doesn’t?!), and when the item in question is reminiscent of a big deal designer piece? Even better. The second I spotted these gilttery sneakers, shark tooth necklace and studded slingbacks I was reminded of similar versions from Miu Miu, Givenchy and Valentino. At just a fraction of the designer price tag, these were styles that I could actually afford. Pretty well every time I wear the pumps one of my super chic friends (you know who you are!) has to do a double take, thinking I miraculously acquired a pair of Valentino kicks. Until that becomes a reality, I’m happy rocking these excellent specimens of fashion mimicry.

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Givenchy/ H&M


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Valentino/ Ivanka Trump

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