While counting down the hours before having to start Thanksgiving dinner prep, I may or may not have gotten sidetracked thinking about NYE. I can’t believe next week is December. In less than 7 days, it’ll be the last month of the 2015! Ohhhhh boy. I rarely ever get glammed up for New Year’s, but with all of the Black Friday Sale emails popping into the inbox this week, I couldn’t help but take a little peek at some of the glitzy pieces on the racks.

While on ASOS, I discovered the brand Chi Chi London and pretty much fell in love with all of their dresses. Everything from the flouncy a-line silhouettes, to the delicate lace, to the spectrum of colours makes me swoon so hard. I’ve pretty much bookmarked every single one of their dresses as potential options for NYE dresses. No, this is not a sponsored post– I’m just fangirling super hard.

chi chi london NYE dresses
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The magenta one, in particular, is such an eye catcher! To me, it looks a bit like a modern version of a qipao (a traiditional Chinese gown) because of how the lace is arranged and the mix of threads in the detailed lace pieces. At the same time, the colour’s a bit louder than something I would regularly wear. To be honest, I guess a lot of these pieces are a lot louder than anything I would normally wear, but NYE is the time to break out all the sparkles, no?

Ugh. I’m so conflicted! Do I pick something sparkly or go for the usual solid colours and a cool cut? What are you wearing for NYE? (Too soon to ask? hehe)

GIVEAWAY: 2015 must-have favourites

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to take this week to give an extra “thank you” to everyone for following along in the last few months. Whether you’ve been following this lil ‘ol blog for the last 5 years, or the last 5 days, I am so grateful for all of the friends, opportunities, and creative challenges that has been introduced to my life ever since starting. I am constantly being inspired by the sharing of opinions, beautiful photography, and kind words that are exchanged on our social platforms on the daily.

This year, I wanted to do an Oprah-styled giveaway of my favourite things from 2015. This is not a sponsored giveaway, but a collection of fun things that I’ve discovered over the last (almost) 12 months and wanted to share with all of you.

Arvo watch giveaway
giveaway package:
Timeous Edison watch: Arvo (exact)
minimalist edition necklace: Rogue T&K
Dream Catcher: Life on earth coloring book (exact)

1 // A few months back, the rewardStyle team made a stop in Seattle and hosted an informative night of how to use their tools and introduced a group of local bloggers to the husband and wife duo behind Arvo wear. We got to hear first hand about how their business has been able to grow because of the strong relationships formed between bloggers and brands in conjunction with rS tools. Not only is their company mission inspiring, but their products are equally as beautiful. I’ve been obsessed with their minimalist-style watches since being introduced to them and am excited to give one of these away this year!

2 // It’s no secret that adult colouring books are almost at the top of my go-to activities after work. Not only are the patterns in these books intricately beautiful, but there’s an aspect of calming and de-stressing whenever colouring these pages in. (Unless you’re like me and sometimes bad at staying within the lines, which leads to some stressful colouring sessions haha!) This Dream Catcher book is the #1 best seller in the adult colouring book category!

3 // This last item is near and dear to my heart. The necklace that’s pictured may not be the exact one that you’re getting, but it’ll be a piece from the Rogue T&K minimalist line. We’ve been hard at work on fine tuning the details of the range of our jewelry collection. I want to share one of our pieces first with one of you here! It’ll be an exclusive first look at this new line.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to all readers (yes, even the international ones!), and entries will close on Nov 29, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Good luck! ♥

Pom pom beanie and blanket scarf

It’s officially toque… uhh beanie season! It’s been super chilly and rainy the last few weeks and I refuse to believe that moto jacket season has passed. To keep wearing my favourite coat and still stay warm, I’ve been layering on with a blanket scarf and a beanie.

This blanket scarf was a gift from one of my Toronto bffs, which showed up one day at my door as a total surprise! Having never jumped on the blanket scarf trend last Fall, I didn’t think I would end up with one this year. Little did I know that the scarf would end up being worn on a daily basis!

outfit details:
moto jacket: Michael Kors (similar)
knitted sweater: Scotch & Soda (similar)
Dress Pant Yoga Pants: Betabrand (exact)
Sam Edelman booties: c/o Aeropostale (exact)
pom pom beanie: UNIQLO (exact)
blanket scarf: gift from bff (similar)
bar/band ring: c/o Moorea Seal (exact)


On top of laying the accessories, t’is the season for chunky knit sweaters. I’m going to admit that the knitted sweater in this outfit is actually from the men’s section. It’s a couple sizes too big for me, but I absolutely love the warm texture– who doesn’t want to feel like they’re being drowned in a sea of knitted blankets?

Stay warm, friends!

Backpacks for every occasion

This year has been an interesting one for me in terms of accessories. I’ve learned to pair down carrying nothing more but a card sleeve (IDs, credit cards, and a couple of punch loyalty cards), house keys, and cell phone, except on the days that I’m biking somewhere.

Using my bike as my main mode of transportation, I’ve started looking more heavily into backpacks and trying to find ones that are not only practical, but also fashionable. I’m really stoked about today’s guest post because it goes through some beautiful options – albeit a little over my personal budget – to stay on top of backpack trends. Hope you guys enjoy it!

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Backpacks for Every Occasion
We all went through a backpack phase at some point in our lives. Whether it was in our younger years at school, when our parents were convinced that the backpack offered the best support for our little shoulders to be able to carry all of our textbooks, or later on when we went through a grunge phase, backpacks inevitably become a key accessory to us.

fashion forward backpacks

Some people think that as we move on to different phases of our lives, the backpack becomes obsolete – something we can hardly ever find an occasion to use. After all, its very form is reminiscent of childhood and the schoolyard. As Lyst has pointed out, however, “The utility bag [has gotten] a fashion makeover with backpacks to suit all moods and occasions.” We’ve seen various designers create updated versions of the backpack, with different styles now making them great choices for any situation.

Looking for a good backpack for your next trip, or for regular use at work? Check out these fashionable backpacks below. (more…)

His vs Hers: Skinny Tie Madness edition

Fun fact: If you are in any way involved in my friends circle, you will be asked to make an appearance in a “who wore it bes”t type post at some point in this blog’s lifetime. For today’s his vs hers skinny tie post, I’m excited to show this style-off for a chambray number from Skinny Tie Madness.

outfit details:
cardigan & button down: H&M
olive chinos: J.Crew (similar, 50% off right now)
desert boots: Clarks (similar)
skinny tie: c/o Skinny Tie Madness (exact)

This fine gentleman is a little too dapper for his own good – and I’m not going to lie – I’m regretting asking him to style the tie a little because he knocked this outfit out of the park! The colour palette of the blues on the earthy tones is not something I considered. When I first saw this tie, I envisioned a blue on blue on blue scheme and took a totally different approach.

outfit details:
blazer: Forever 21 (similar)
swan printed button down: Target
midrise skinnies: 7 for All Mankind, c/o Fitcode (exact)
ankle booties: Hinge (similar)
skinny tie: c/o Skinny Tie Madness (exact)
watch: Daniel Wellington (exact)

After seeing how we both styled the same accessory, I’m inspired to try a menswear inspired version of his outfit. I really like his spectrum of a colour palette, which I feel like I wasn’t as creative on in my own outfit. Instead of playing up colour palettes, I worked more on playing off of the solid chambray material and getting it to pop off of a printed top.

Maybe we’ll have to attempt a round 2 of “who wore it best”?

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