Shorts. Finally.

After a historic week in Calgary, we are finally getting a break from the rain and have been blessed with some heat. Unprecedented flooding hit our amazing province of Alberta, leaving several people homeless, displaced and heart-broken. Our home was safe from the destruction and our office only suffered from a weeks worth of power loss, so we are counting our blessings – daily. Heading into the long weekend – things are looking up and the sun is on our side.  A week into summer, and the shorts are making an appearance. These yellow shorts reminded me of something right off the set of Madmen. 60’s inspired pattern with a higher cut waist. Sunny, bright, happy. Much needed terms around here right now. #yycflood #yycmemories

Yellow shorts: J. Crew

Grey tank: Alexander Wang

Nude sandals: Joie

Grey cross-over purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Pants on fire.

Why are red pants so hard to find? A true red that really pops….well I found these ones at the Gap and they were $27. SCORE! They are a cropped cotton pant with a very comfy fit and come in all kinds of colours. I was hunting around for red pants for too long and so many are just an off shade (and quadruple the price). I’m not a huge fan of wearing red near my face – but I love a pop of red on the bottom when paired with navy, crisp white (or even off-white), or heather grey. Paired here with a nautical boat neck 3/4 sleeve and a cropped denim jacket and nude heels. Add some spice & fire to your wardrobe – get these pants!

Red cotton pants: The Gap

Navy and white stripe shirt: Aritzia

Cropped denim jacket: J.Crew

Nude pumps: Nine West

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Sunshine.

June is our rainy season. We know this. But every year, it’s the same thing…. we act surprised (and grumpy). I figure what better way to combat grey skys and downpours than to put on the brightest, sunniest shirt I have. Bright, neon colours are among us and they truly do something to lift your mood when the sun just refuses to come out. Yellows, pinks/corals, reds, bright blues – they all scream spring and summer and they all demand attention. Pick either your top or bottom to focus a bright colour on and pair with a more neutral tone on the opposite end. It helps to give the eye a place to focus instead of just being loud noise from head to toe.

Neon blouse: Aritzia

Navy Blazer: Talula

Boyfriend Jean: J. Brand

Booties: Rag & Bone

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Puff Sleeves & Best Friends.

My best friend of 19 years moved to Australia this week to follow love and adventure. Kindred spirits from day one, we have always had similar fashion and taste. Countless times we have shown up wearing the same thing or finding the same articles in each other’s closets. Best friends are just like that. She is one stylish woman and this outfit is a complete borrow from head to toe of what she wore on our last (until the next one) girls night out. This puff sleeve jacket, which we both agreed is the perfect shade of navy, was her find – which I immediately had to go out and get a few days later. Missing her every minute and still trying to figure out the time change. KAS – this one’s for you. xo

Puff Sleeve Navy Blazer: Zara

Cream Blouse: Aritzia

Dark Denim: Rag & Bone

Tan snake skin pumps: Nine West

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I’m on a Boat!

Ok, well not really. But boat shoes and nautical themed outfits are a timeless staple when it comes to spring fashion. Boat shoes have made a comeback in the last 2 years. It’s funny how the brands you wore when you were younger can reinvent themselves to be cool again at triple the price (I’m pretty sure my parents didn’t pay $150+ for Sorel boots and K-Way jackets). The same can be said for Sperry Top Sider shoes. I bought a classic brown pair last year (my husband was horrified) and I have to admit, they are the most comfortable shoes for spring….ever. Pairing them here with some classic boyfriend-style khakis and a blue and white (nautical) print shirt, and I’m pretty much ready to sail the open sea. Sperry’s come in all sorts of colours and styles, check them out here.

Cropped denim jacket: J.Crew

Navy and white 3/4 sleeve shirt: Aritzia

Cotton khakis: Scotch & Soda

Boat shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Navy purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Even More Leather.

We were going to a dinner party for a great friend’s birthday and I realized I had yet to wear this leather skirt out. I love everything about this skirt – the length, the fit, the pockets. Skirts are usually way too short on me because of my height, so finding one that hits in the right spot is a definite score. This skirt has an elastic waist which allows for several looks. I could wear this one high waisted, or just on the hips like I have here. Pairing this edgy piece with a more conservative cardigan allows for a balanced overall look.

Leather skirt: Wilfred

White tank: Wilfred Free

Tan cardigan: J.Crew

Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Bootie: Rag & Bone

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