Peasant.

Peasant tops have traditionally had puffy sleeves. Over the years an evolution has occurred transforming the peasant blouse into a hippie-chic staple item. I love the balance of the feminine lace detail paired with the bad-ass skull embroidered right in the centre top of this blouse (it’s a bit tough to see on these photos – but if you look closely, it’s there). I pulled out that edgy detail by pairing with a black leather jacket. The peasant blouse has also gone through changes in shape as styles and cuts have changed over time. This one is still quite loose in fit but not too long.

Cream peasant blouse: Scotch & Soda

Dark skinny jeans: J. Crew

Black leather jacket: Mackage

Oversized black purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Camel boots: Steve Madden

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Mini Floral Print.

The mini floral print is all grown up! There are some great pieces coming out for spring/summer. A few places to check out are American Apparel and J.Crew for great floral patterns and ideas. I felt that this dress shirt was a bit overpowering without a blazer (you’ve probably noticed I do this a lot). This trend is even spilling over into menswear. I saw a great men’s dress shirt at Club Monaco covered in blooms and there are a ton of floral ties right now too. Maybe this will become the new pink for men… are you tough enough?

Floral print blouse: Liberty by J.Crew

Navy blazer: Talula

Navy skinnies: Rag & Bone

Camel boots: Steve Madden

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Animal.

Animal prints made a comeback a couple years ago. I started out as a non-participant of this trend (like usual) but have slowly added a piece to my wardrobe here and there (like usual). My first attempt was a leopard print scarf. Slow but steady. Now THIS top is a first for me – full animal AND a peplum bottom. Talk about stepping outside of my usual zone. I think having hints of colour makes it feel less like a cat costume. I don’t know any cats out there with blue spots.

Animal print peplum t-shirt: Rebecca Taylor

Black skinny jeans: Rag & Bone

Black blazer: Talula

Black distressed boots: Steve Madden

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DIY.

How can you not love a Do-It-Yourself project? There is a certain satisfaction I get from making something with my own two hands. I started knitting late last year and took level 1 & 2 classes with a friend. In those classes, we made a cowl scarf and a floppy toque. Next, I fell in LOVE with this coral colour wool and picked up a pattern for an infinity scarf. The pattern here is called Irish moss and took a very long time to finish. I am so happy with how it turned out! My favourite colour companions for coral have to be grey and navy.

Coral scarf: Emily LePan original

Stripe tank top: Lululemon

Dark denim: Rag & Bone

Navy cardigan: J. Crew

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Inside Out.

A sweater to turn all other sweaters on their heads. Parts of this one are inside out! A modern twist on a traditional ski sweater, the upper 1/2 of the body and the lower 1/2 of the arms are right side out while the rest is reversed.  I suppose technically I could wear this inside out to give the opposite effect. I wonder how many people think I got dressed in the dark when they see me in this. Another J.Crew gem, I just love the colour combo and the cozy cabin look.

Inside out sweater: J.Crew

Dark blue skinny pants: Rag & Bone

White tank: Lululemon

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Leather.

Leather as a ‘fabric’ has been part of my wardrobe for some time. Shoes, purses, accessories, jackets. A couple years ago, I bought these leather leggings (mostly for a halloween costume). It has taken me a while to be comfortable (make that confident) enough to wear them out as part of a regular outfit. I went out for a lovely friend’s birthday and paired my leather legs with a sheer blouse, blazer and some classic (high) pumps. With such a monotone palette, I accessorized with some oversized emerald green earrings for a subtle pop.

Leather leggings: Wilfred

Sheer blouse: Wilfred

Black blazer: Talula

Black pumps: Nine West

Emerald earrings: Stella & Dot

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Power of Movement.

I just participated in my second Power of Movement. Such a great event in support of the Arthritis Research Foundation. For this national Yoga event, I turned to my favourite casual/workout wear from Lululemon. I went for some bright colours after I woke up to a foot of fresh snow and dreary weather. I came in at #1 for fundraising in Calgary, and was given these beautiful mala beads from Tiny Devotions. This necklace is called the ‘Sunstone Mala’ – which “facilitates independence of self-empowerment, increases self-worth and helps you to nurture yourself…..good at breaking ties with people who drain your energy”. How perfect. Namaste.

Navy leggings: Lululemon

Mini-stripe tank: Lululemon

Neon yellow longsleeve tee: Lululemon

Bright blue runners: Nike Free

Mala beads (around neck): Tiny Devotions

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Spring Florals.

Floral patterns are EVERYWHERE right now. This Rebecca Taylor blouse has a larger print then some of the mini florals for spring, but I love the colour combo here. The base is a navy/grey and there are splashes of yellow, pink and teal. The cut is almost tunic (airy with a bit of a longer back) and this piece would work well tucked in too. I have embraced the mini floral as well (stay tuned for a future post) – but feeling a bit unsure as it reminds me a touch of wallpaper I had growing up.

Floral blouse: Rebecca Taylor

Dark Denim: J.Brand

Boots: Steve Madden

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