Saturday, August 28, 2010

Here, There, Everywhere


Since I'm still working on organizing my closet, I thought I'd share some pictures of some of my outfits that I've worn recently. So enjoy!

I'm wearing:
Peachy Tank from H&M
1969 Easy Straight Jeans from Gap
Silver Oxfords from Steve Madden
Wristlet from Coach

I wore this next outfit when I was on my way to watch a movie and I have to say I quite liked the look. It was casual but a little dressed up with the new patent leather pumps that I got. I've been looking for some mary janes for the past two years but since I haven't been able to find the perfect ones yet I was happy to get these instead! I found them in some little store in Yorkville on sale from $168 to $86.... I love a great deal!!!!!

I'm wearing:
Grey off-the-shoulder Top from Zara
Black Skinny Crop Jeans from Rich&Skinny
Black Patent Leather Pumps from Michael Kors
MK5055 Gold Oversized Watch from Michael Kors
Black Carryall Purse from Coach

Hopefully I'll be done my closet mini-reno so that I can share it with you all!



Friday, August 20, 2010

The September Issue

It's finally here!!! The Vogue September Issue that is, every girl's holy grail when it comes to fashion... at least that's my opinion. I picked up the September Issue of In Style, Harper's Bazzar and Vogue and I'm going up to the cottage to read them all and enjoy the last of this weather. Here is a spread from the Vogue Issue: Enjoy!!

                              Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

Love, love, love!!!!!

Be back very soon,


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Obsessed with.... Italy!!!!

Last night I went out for dinner for some Italian food.... my absolute favourite!! I went to this place called Cafe Nervosa in Yorkville and we got to sit on the upstairs patio which was absolutely fabulous, not to mention that the food was great!

However, this post is not about the delicious meal last night, it is about the real reason why I love the book "Eat, Pray, Love". Before I get to that, I might as well share my outfit with you. I wore my favourite skirt and dressed it down a little with some flats and a semi-sheer t-shirt.

I'm wearing:
Aritzia Semi-Sheer Tee in Black
BCBG Polkadot Skirt
Zara Suede Flats in Black
 Forever XXI Purse and Bittersweet Bow Ring

The reason that I love this book so much is because I love food and I love Italy. I've always been interested by its culture and I've been infatuated by their language. I've always thought that Italian is most beautiful language and I didn't know why, until I read it in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I want to share this exert from the book with you to help you understand why Italian is such a beautiful and seductive language:

     "As I will find out over the next few months, there are actually some good reasons that Italian is the most seductively beautiful language in the world , and why I'm not the only one who thinks so. To understand why, you have to first understand that Europe was once a pandemonium of numberless Latin-derived dialects that gradually, over the centuries, morphed into a few separate languages-- French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian. What happened in France, Portugal and Spain was an organic evolution: the dialect of the most prominent city gradually became the accepted language of the whole region, Therefore, what we today call French is really a version of medieval Parisian. Portuguese is really Lisboan. Spanish is essentially Madrileno. These were capitalist victories, the strongest city ultimately determined the language of the whole country.
     Italy was different. One critical difference was that, for the longest time, Italy wasn't even a country. It  didn't get itself unified until quite late in life (1861) and until them was a peninsula of warring city-states dominated by proud local princes or other European powers. Parts of Italy belonged to France, parts to Spain, parts to the Church, parts to whoever could grab local fortress or palace. The Italian people were alternatively humiliated and cavalier about all this domination. Most didn't much like being colonized by their fellow Europeans, but there was always the apathetic crowd that said, "Franza o Spagna, purche se manga," which means, in dialect, "France or Spain, as long a I can eat."
     All this internal division meant that Italy never properly coalesced, and Italian didn't either. So it's not surprising that, for centuries, Italians wrote and spoke in local dialects that were mutually unfathomable. A scientist in Florence could barely communicate with a poet in Sicily or a merchant in Venice. In the sixteenth century, some Italian peninsula needed an Italian language,, at least in written form, which everyone could agree upon. So this gathering of intellectuals proceeded to do something unprecedented in the history of Europe; they handpicked the most beautiful of all the local dialects and crowned it Italian......
     So it's really no wonder that I want so desperately to learn this language"

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Oh and P.S. A little secret: I might be planning a little (well two months to be exact) trip all over Europe which you guessed includes ITALY, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece and maybe some more. I don't want to jinx it which is why I'm saying MIGHT. Fingers Crossed!



Sunday, August 15, 2010

Feeling inspired.....

My last year of university is fast approaching and while I am extremely nervous as this is a very important year for me, I'm also excited. This is a chance to get organized, stay on top of my school work and kick some academic butt!

I also have a huge announcement to make: I finally signed up for some Yoga classes!!! I've been wanting to try Yoga for the past 2 years but I've never gotten around to doing it; it's never 'fit into my schedule'. But, I finally found a class that's compatible with my hectic school schedule and I'm very excited to start! I'm taking an introductory Kundalini Yoga class and then I'll be taking 6 weeks of beginner Ashtanga Yoga. I'll report back once my classes start, which is in September.

As I mentioned before, I've picked up some books for my summer reading and I am loving two of them:

The first book that I am in love with is The Style Strategy by Nina Garcia. I am a student.... which means a very limited budget but I have been cursed with very expensive taste! I can literally walk into ANY store and you bet that the first item I look at is probably the most expensive thing in the store! I have been not-so-smart with some of my purchases and I needed a change, not only for my wallet but for myself! I realize that fashion is purely a luxury and that I don't have to have everything I see and follow all the latest trends. 

There is nothing wrong with following trends for some people, but for me, I don't care what the trend is, if it doesn't look good on my body..... I'm not buying it! By reading this book, I've realized that I already own most of the fashion basics and all I have to do is make some small purchases to compliment what I already own. My goal for this fall will be to make a few key purchases on things that I NEED and not what I want (because I want way too many things). I'm not saying I won't splurge on certain items, but these will be small items, maybe a nail polish of a nice lipstick here and there. All I am really in need of this fall is lots of sweaters (cashmere will be needed as it is the only thing that keeps me warm enough through these cold Canadian winters) and maybe a pair of boots. I already  have my eye of a couple of boots that are to die for and aren't overtly pricy but.... since I don't need them just yet, I will save up for them!

Now onto my second book: Eat, Pray, Love. I fell in love with this book within reading the first 20 pages. It's such an honest book and while reading the book I often found myself relating to the author, especially during her darkest moments. I haven't finished reading the book yet, but I admire the way this woman found the strength to find herself BY herself. The reasons why the I love this book will remain for another post but for now, I have to get back to reading so I can go see the movie!

P.S. Rule of Thumb: Always the read the book first before seeing the movie!!



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sisterly Love and Stuck In a Rut


I haven't made any posts lately and there two reasons:
1) I've been crazy busy with work and running a bunch of errands
2) I've been stuck in a little rut (a fashion rut and an emotional one)

Needless to say it hasn't been my month so far but hopefully some positive thinking will change that :)

I wanted to share some pictures with you that I took a while ago when my sister and I went to Nadege. Yes I have a little sister! Her name is Jorda, she's 11 and absolutely gorgeous! (AND she loves shopping and eating as much as her sister!). She's a very bright and mature girl for her age and she never fails to amaze me everyday!

I don't get the chance to spend as much time with her as I'd like to so when summertime comes along, it's a treat for both of us that we get to go out more.

Now.... back to my rut dilemma. I've been in a fashion rut lately and I get into this rut every time this time of year . This is because I've already worn all my spring/summer outfits and find myself lacking inspiration. Of course, I have a few favourites that I wear quite often and I actually like re-wearing some of my favourite outfits. I've seen alot of blogs that only posts outfits once but I'm not sure I like that idea. First of all, being a student, I don't exactly have the budget to wear something just once. Even if I didn't have a budget, I'm not sure I would want to. I love the feeling that I get out of pulling together a killer outfit that I feel great in and why wouldn't I want to wear those outfits again. However, there are times when I look in my closet and I see NOTHING that catches my eye... it's a very frustrating feeling. I'm just waiting for the Vogue September issue to come out so I can get some inspiration.

A new school year (my last year of university!) is also coming up. A new beginning also filled with fear but as my mother says: Nothing good in life comes easily!

I've picked up a few books over the summer that I finely got a chance to read and they have me feeling a little perky again and I will share those with you very soon! Also, I finally got a chance to organize my room, my bedside table and my desk (pictures to follow) and only my closet is left... my biggest challenge.

So, I will share the books I've been reading as well as my room organization and I will have a huge closet organization post.

                                                                                                               See you soon!