Fall shift.

The shift dress is a staple in any wardrobe. This small black and white pattern piece has longer sleeves which works well for cooler temps (as traditional shift dresses are often sleeveless). The shift dress makes it easy to dress up casually and comfortably without too much fuss. Accessorizing can make for a ton of different looks (belting a shift dress, can make a whole new silhouette). Mixing fabrics like cotton, leather and even textured leather help to bring interest into an outfit from head to toe. Paired here with a classic leather jacket, a textured black leather purse and some stacked heel booties – and I’m ready to go just about anywhere.

Black and white shift dress: Scotch & Soda

Black leather jacket: Mackage

Black purse: Kate Spade

Black cracked leather booties: Rag & Bone

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Leather Tee.

Today’s post is brought to you by the leather tee. I’m a tad in love with this piece. Laser cut edging and a loose fit – this black leather piece is easy to wear and easy to pair. It can be dressed down or dressed up and matches almost any bottom. Touches of leather are big for fall – especially in pants and trimmed accents/details. I wore it here with a black blazer in a crepe material for a contrast in fabrics. This tee would also be great with a longer cardigan – maybe in a tan or cream colour. Also a great piece for a fall skirt with tights…..endless options really.

Leather Tee: Joie

Crepe blazer: Wilfred

Dark Denim: Rag & Bone

Black pointed pumps: Nine West

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Wax on.

I did it. I bought wax (aka coated) jeans. I gotta admit – I’m in love. These are by Current/Elliott, are a beautiful, rich chocolate brown and very comfy. Perfect to carry me into fall. Coated jeans have a sheen like leather look without being leather. They add just a bit of interest to a basic pant. They’ve been around for a couple years now but this fall they are really hitting the fashion scene again. I haven’t always been a fan of Current/Elliott jeans as I have found their proportion between thigh fit and waist fit to be totally off. That seems to have been corrected with this cut. Paired here with a pale pink tunic blouse by Joie and some nude pumps. Fall fashion makes me so excited – especially when the magazine stands are full of fall issues so heavy you can hardly carry them. LOVE!

Brown coated jeans: Current/Elliott

Printed tunic blouse: Joie

Nude Pumps: Nine West

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Open toes.

As the heat continues, so does the dusting off of summer favourites. Open toe shoes are  a classic style – but like everything, they get a fresh update each year. These booties (by Rag & Bone) sport open toes and a chunky heel. Shorts, skirts, cropped colour denim….the options for pairing are endless. I put them together with this leather skirt and simple tank (monochromatic) to give a bit of focus to my new favourite shoes.

Open toe tan booties: Rag & Bone

Leather Skirt: Wilfred

Distressed tank: Wilfred

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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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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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Mother’s Day.

Celebrating mother’s day is a special time for me. My husband always spoils me for being a step-mama and we always celebrate again doing something as a family when we are with the boys. Mother’s day always falls right on or between my Dad and Sister’s birthdays so it’s usually an all encompassing celebration. Going for Mother’s Day brunch seems to be a popular tradition and this year was no different. We went a bit formal this year (my husband said, “Am I really wearing the suit I got married in to eat eggs today?”) and I wore my new favourite dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs. It is so comfortable and feminine and I love the low back with the gathered material. I hope that all you mom’s out there (however you define motherhood) were celebrated and loved as you should be.

Navy and red dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Brown woven belt: Banana Republic

Brown pumps: Nine West

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Summer Dresses.

It’s that time of year when catalogues and stores are full of summery, flowy dresses. I found this one at an outlet in Phoenix. I saw it in the window and just loved the colours and the cut. Sunshine just makes me want to wear colour and pattern. I threw a belt on with this one as it has an elastic mid-body and I felt it needed a bit of something to define the waistline. When your waist is high like mine, it helps to add an accent or else your profile ends up looking like 2 legs and a head. Look for dresses that are longer in the back and shorter in the front – it helps to add length to the legs.

Floral dress: Creative Collections

White belt: Banana Republic

Wedge shoes: Nine West

Clutch purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Little Black Dress.

A timeless staple – the Little Black Dress. There are endless options when it comes to a short, black dress, and this one is as simple as they come. It’s basically a cotton t-shirt that is so easy to pack (especially for a last minute trip away for a couple of days). What I love about it is the very very low back. It makes undergarments a bit of an issue, but I found a great one piece spanx-like number to wear underneath. Not the best option if you have boobs that are on the bigger side – but (un)fortunately, that is not an issue for me. I had to walk a lot when wearing this, so I opted for some flat sandals instead of killer heels.

Cotton Dress: American Apparel

Spanx-like undergarment (not shown): American Apparel

Sandals: Steve Madden

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Being Girly.

There are some days when you just have to force yourself to get up, put on some makeup, throw on a dress and walk out the door. Sometimes pulling yourself together and being a girly-girl can just lift you up. I love the comfort of this maxi dress and the fun tie-dye print. I have a couple by the same designer (once you find something you love – buy one in every colour, right?) and the fabric is so soft and so light, you can’t help but smile.

Tie-dye maxi dress: Young, Fabulous & Broke

Navy Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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