Bits and Pieces.

Sometimes when I just don’t know what to wear, I look back at outfits I’ve worn or look to pictures online for inspiration. It’s amazing what different combos you can put together. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking this top with that bottom to mix up an outfit for a brand new look. All of the pieces here have been featured in past posts but they are paired together here here for a new mix of colour and pattern. I’ve also been layering accessories like necklaces and bracelets to change things up. Different combinations on a stacked wrist or a few necklaces paired together can make older pieces feel new again. Take a look through your closet and try to put things together you might not have considered before. I bet you’ll see your existing wardrobe in a whole new light.

Animal print tank: Joie

Black cardigan: J. Crew

Salmon pants: Madison Scotch

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Scarves.

My collection of scarves is something I’m actually proud of 🙂 Possibly an addiction, but throwing on a scarf can just change a whole look or tie a look together. Right now in Calgary, the mornings are chilly but the days are hot. It makes for tricky dressing decisions. Scarves fix that in an instant. A simple black tank and dark blue zipper jeans + a favourite new fall scarf (this one is arguably a blanket) and I was set for the day. My husband decided to take the top off the Jeep and wrapping this scarf around me on a cold summer morning felt just perfect. Peeling it off by mid-day and I transitioned into the heat. There are several ways to tie a scarf but it usually depends on the size. This one is so huge that I just throw it around my neck and keep tucking it in until I can see infront of me. No right or wrong. Here is a great link to a video on youtube.

Mosaic fall scarf: Wilfred

Navy blue denim with black zippers: Rag & Bone

Black tank: Rag & Bone

Thong sandals: Steve Madden

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Shades of Grey.

Grey is IN and it’s hitting the denim scene for fall. These J.Brand jeans are a great neutral and the perfect alternative to blue (and all it’s shades). There are various grey tones out there, but I love the classic medium wash of these ones in particular. True heather grey is often a difficult shade to find in any clothing. I saw these and knew they were the perfect pair for all of the outfits I was putting together in my mind. Paired here with some black accent pieces to keep a simple, neutral tone. Adding a cream bag as a pop of highlight ties it all together.

Off for holidays tomorrow – stay tuned in the coming days for ‘What I Packed’ while spending some RnR time in cottage country.

Grey jeans: J. Brand

Black tank: Rag & Bone

Black balzer: Talula

Black pumps: Nine West

Cream purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Maxi Dresses.

Maxi dresses are easy. That’s why they’re so great for summer. Throw on, accessorize and go. This classic long black maxi has a racerback and is made of a stretchy jersey. Finding maxi dresses that are long enough for 5’9″ is not an easy thing – but this one is plenty long. I love to play around with different looks when starting with a basic like this. You can totally change the style just by adding a different belt or a crop denim jacket. OR, you can just keep it simple and wear it as-is with a great statement necklace. Missing the summer heat this week, but hoping to be able to sport some other summer dresses soon.

Maxi Dress: Heather

Black belt: Rag & Bone

Denim distressed jacket: J. Crew

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Blush.

Blush (or nude to some) is such a soft, feminine colour. It seems to be everywhere lately. I sign up for quite a few emails to retailers I love and I’ve been receiving messages solely about blush tones for summer. It’s one of those shades that works on untanned or tanned skin and just makes you feel pretty. It was also the perfect shade (and word) for a night out with my husband. He recreated our first date together to celebrate 9 months of marriage on the eve before my stepsons joined us for 6 weeks of summer. With a word like blush, a low back tank, some heels and his favourite jeans on me, it made for a pretty simple style for a pretty romantic night.

Blush tank: Joie Soft

Jeans: Diesel

Peep-toe Heels: Rag & Bone

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Punk Floral.

Punk floral – that’s a ‘borrowed’ description from J.Crew but don’t you just love the way that sounds? This large print cashmere sweater is one of my favourite colours with pops of bright, fun flowers. I love little details in clothing and this sweater has a few buttons on one of the shoulders and one extra flower in the back (not shown here). A great summer piece for days that are a bit cooler (or evenings). Pairs well with skinny jeans in many colours. Gotta love versatility in clothing!

Punk floral sweater: J.Crew

Dark skinny jeans: Rag & Bone

Messenger bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Ballet flats: Nine West

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Summer Ease.

Summer and heat are all about being comfortable for me. I love easy outfits that are light and not tight. This loose art-deco blouse has a thin racerback cut ( which helps to keep you cool). Paired with easy boyfriend cut cotton pants (with the cuffs rolled up a couple times) and a thin yellow belt. Throw on your favourite sandals and a messenger bag and you’re ready to enjoy the sun. I also love not completely drying my hair (mostly because I can’t tolerate the heat from my blow dryer for that long) and letting it airdry for some nice beachy waves. Easy breezy.

Tank top: Wilfred

Cotton navy pants: Banana Republic

Yellow belt: J.Crew

Sandals: Steve Madden

Messenger bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Short shorts & platforms.

I love my shorts short, but average length are usually even shorter on me. High hips and long legs have always been my blessing and curse. Finding bottoms that fit properly are a challenge when you have a 34″+ inseam. When it comes to shorts (and skirts) – they just look that much shorter. I use to be self conscious about things being too short, but you learn to embrace what you have and get over it. I also love high heels and platform shoes. Again, when you’re 5’9″ you have moments of being self conscious about being a giant and only wanting to wear flats. But, with time, you learn to work with what you have and wear what you love. This simple summer outfit felt fresh. I felt tall and my shorts felt short. I embraced it.

White shorts: Club Monaco

Stripe t-shirt: Aritzia

Platform sandals: Nine West

Camel purse: J.Crew

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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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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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