Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My 6 summer essentials

The weather is finally starting to feel warmer, so I've decided to share a list of key closet items which I consider to be summer essentials.

1. the floral dress
Source: www.modcloth.com
Floral dresses can be extremely versatile; they can be worn anywhere from a casual day with friends to an evening out. Darker floral prints work especially well for occasions that are a little more formal.

2. the polo
Source: www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Polos are a summer classic which I love. They're very simple and don't need much accessorizing, but also look simultaneously easy-going and put-together.

3. the denim shorts
Source: www.veromoda.com
Denim shorts are another summer classic which I love. I think they're so classic that there's really not much to say. For casual days, they can be paired with pretty much anything.

4. the short-sleeved sweater/cardigan
Source: www.harrods.com
I can't speak for everywhere in the world, but even the hottest days in Canada can have cool evenings once the sun goes down. I love how short sleeved sweaters and cardigans are fine in the heat and can also keep you warm when things cool down.

5. the light button-up
Source: www.topshop.com
Loose and light button-ups are perfect for formal occasions where you'll need to dress up a bit but don't want to melt in the heat. It can also add flair to a casual outfit like a tank top and shorts by being worn unbuttoned. A function I personally use is turning my swimwear into passable outfits. My go-to swimming look is a tankini and swimming shorts, so adding on a button-up makes a perfectly decent daytime look.

6. the flats
Source: www.aldoshoes.com
There are so many things to love about flats. They're comfortable, they're pretty, they're easy to match with different outfits, and they're perfect for summer!

Monday, April 22, 2013

The return of Christian Lacroix

Since going bankrupt in 2009, Christian Lacroix's magical work in haute couture has been greatly missed by fashion lovers. It has recently been reported that he will be making a capsule collection of couture creations for the house of Schiaparelli. Though he doesn't have plans for a permanent comeback in the fashion industry, I'm still incredibly excited for this! I want to share some of his amazing work from past couture collections.

 
 
 
 
 
 

His ready-to-wear clothes are not quite so legendary and so fantastical, but I find them equally glamourous and beautiful.

 
  

All images are from stylebistro.com.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Paolo Roversi

I have always been entranced by the work of the renowned fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. The most obvious reason is that there is a wonderfully ethereal quality to his photos. Personally, I also love that he steers clear of loud and tacky images, which are so common in fashion photography. In a subtle and quiet way, his photos are beautiful, expressive, and emotive. Here are some examples I love of his work.

Vlada Roslyakova, 2010
(source: womenmanagementparis.blogspot.com)
Sasha Pivovarova in Alberta Ferretti S/S 2011 ad campaign
(source: albertaferretti.com)
Stella Tennant in Vogue Italia, March 2011
(source: scanned by atomicblue @ thefashionspot)
Frida Gustavsson in Vogue Italia, September 2011
(source: ebookee.org)
Natalia Vodianova for the Naked Heart Foundation
(source: vogue.co.uk)
Arizona Muse in Vogue Italia, March 2012
(source: visualoptimism.blogspot.com)
Monica Bellucci in Vogue Italia, September 2012
(source: www.swide.com)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

All set for spring

   Though it's technically been spring in Canada for a couple of weeks now, it still feels like winter to me. Rather impatiently, I'm waiting for the warmer weather to actually arrive so I can shed the winter layers for a spring wardrobe. I found myself fantasizing about the types of clothes I'd like to wear so I made a few sets on Polyvore (ranging from way beyond my price range to perhaps affordable).
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RED Valentino short a line dress
855 CAD - farfetch.com


Miu miu shoes
595 CAD - miumiu.com


Valentino leather shoulder bag
930 CAD - mytheresa.com


Lanvin pearl chain necklace
805 CAD - lanvin.com



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A.P.C. a p c pants
265 CAD - farfetch.com



ALDO cross body handbag
46 CAD - aldoshoes.com


Betsey Johnson heart jewelry
165 CAD - betseyjohnson.com



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French connection
69 CAD - usa.frenchconnection.com


H M cotton cardigan
15 CAD - hm.com


Club Monaco floral skirt
130 CAD - clubmonaco.com


Shellys flat shoes
97 CAD - modcloth.com



Kate Spade kates spade
99 CAD - katespade.com

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Clemence Poesy, the style icon

French actress Clemence Poesy is a huge style icon for me. Her outfits are feminine, soft, and have an effortless elegance that is so hard to imitate. Here are just a few of my favourite looks of hers.

wearing Chanel
Source: paulidoodles.blogspot.com
outside a Chloe show
Source: fashionising.com
wearing Valentino
Source: bfboftheweek.blogspot.com
attending a Chanel show
Source: zimbio.com
wearing Chanel
Source: getty
wearing Nina Ricci
Source: thefashionpatrol.com
wearing Mulberry
Source: getty