Saturday in Pastel

{Zara pants (similar), Mango blouse (similar) , Zara jean jacket, H&M hat, Michael Kors bag, Sam Edelman flats (similar)}

Although summer officially started a few days ago, the weather remains a little on the cool side in Toronto …  this is not a complaint… our apartment does not have AC {yet!!} so the cool lake breeze has kept us all very happy!

The cool air has also forced me to reconsider my typical summer uniform. In past years, as soon as the temperature and the humidity started inevitably climbing, I’d reach for one of my many billowy sun dresses without much thought. However, since those dresses aren’t quite weather appropriate yet, I have found  myself digging deep into my closet and getting more creative.

Not only have I had an amazing time finding outfit inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest, I’ve also made time to “shop in my closet” and rediscover some great items that I had completely forgotten about -the last time I wore those pastel pants, I was still a university student…!!!  After some digging, I put together the outfit above for a busy errand-running Saturday and is now one of my go-to’s.

This weekend I encourage you to invite a friend over, dig deep in your closet, find an item that you have not worn in a while and together style an outfit around it. I promise that the outcome will be lovely and you both will have a surprising amount of fun!

Saturday in Pastel

A love affair with leather

Plaid & leather outfit - Blushed Tapatia{J.Crew top (similar) & necklace, Banana Republic skirt (no longer available) , Michael Kors booties (now on sale!)}

Although leather has been all the rage for the last few years, I hate to admit that I was not an early adopter and it’s mostly due to a horrible experience I had with leather back in grade 5.

I was in middle school living in Connecticut and fresh-of-the-airplane from Mexico. As a little awkward pre-teen who was trying to fit in and not draw too much attention to her accent, I relied on pretty clothes to make me feel more comfortable {lets be honest, not much has changed!}.

It was early fall and I had fallen in love with a beautiful pair of faux-leather pants at the-best-store-in-the-WORLD, Limited-Too, and after weeks of pleading I finally convinced my mom that I absolutely needed them and that I would certainly wear them more than once. The first day that I got to wear them to school I was on top of the world!

At lunch time my little group of girlfriends crowded around me and ooohd and ahhed at my gorgeous pants as we squeezed into the packed cafeteria.  Then, just as I went to take a seat, I heard the most terrifying sound a human being can hear while they are wearing faux-leather pants…

RIPPPPPP!! 

At first I thought it wasn’t me so I did a 360 trying to find the source of the sound but when I heard my friends gasp and then break into a cackle I reached behind me and was terrified to find that my pants had ripped right in half and left my little bum, underwear and all, exposed. I did the only thing you can do when you’re in such a situation: I began hysterically laughing. I’m pretty sure that part of the hysteria was panic and the other part was disbelief. Like, seriously?! The pant’s weren’t even tight fitting!!

My diary entry that night promised that I would never wear anything leather ever again. Ever!

But here I am, a few years later and completely in love with my mini-leather skirt. No rips have happened since and *knock-on wood* won’t ever happen again – not sure what my office’s policy is on having an exposed bum and I don’t plan on finding out!

A love affair with leather

Here comes the sun!

Blushed Tapatia

 

{Zara blouse & pants on sale now, Nine West shoes, J.Crew Jewellery}

 

Although it has been 2 years since I graduated university, I still feel a tinge of what I think might be guilt but I am not quite certain, when summer rolls around. Throughout university I worked at camps and as a tour guide, which meant that I got to spend all of my summer outside, soaking up the sun. I am now working in an office, and although I love my job I do miss spending so much time outside so in an effort to bring a little sun into the office I am incorporating florals and bright colours to my outfits while keeping it office appropriate. Glass half full, right?!

 

Here comes the sun!

Christmas Couture

Christmas Couture via Blushed TapatiaI am a big lover of food as seen here and here so it comes without say that Christmas dinner is the be-all and end-all of food fests. Although it would be most comfortable to just wear sweatpants and a nice baggy sweatshirt, Christmas is a very important day in our family and merits respect and nice clothing. After many years of beautiful outfits but uncomfortable evenings I have realized that the perfect balance for a Christmas outfit is in a stretchy (and forgiving) waistline, a slouchy top and some glitzy accessories.

1. Club Monaco’s flattering skirt will create a lovely silhouette will giving you room to breather (and eat!)

2. This jeweled sequins sweatshirt is an answer to all past Christmas woes -It’s dazzling enough for Christmas dinner and incredible comfortable

3. What better way to draw the attention away from your waistline than with Kate Spades lovely flats

4.Since the top of this outfit is such a focus piece, look for small and feminine earrings to add some sparkle without becoming over-the-top

5.A gorgeous statement cuff like this one will be the only thing people notice when you reach in for seconds and thirds!

Hope this helps you decide what you will be wearing to your dinner tomorrow night! Merry Christmas! xo

Christmas Couture

But really, what is business casual?

business casual outfitTo be business casual or not to be? Now THAT is the question. The majority of workplaces use that generic term as a way to describe their dress code but we all know that everyone has a different understanding of exactly what that term entails.  The day before my first day at a real out-of-university job, I spent countless hours trying to figure out what is considered business casual only to find myself more confused than when I started. After being in the business world for almost a year and on certain occasions appearing too over-dressed or  too under-dressed I have found what I believe to be the essentials for a perfectly balanced business casual wardrobe. The key is combining polished classic pieces {keeps things business} with modern pops of colour {prevents from looking serious and stuffy}. Over the next few weeks I will feature these essentials in different outfits that will showcase how business casual is the perfect balance between professional and fun.

One of my go-to outfits is composed of the following essentials:

1. A fitted blouse in a basic colour
2. A bright pencil skirt – don’t be afraid to branch out of the classic black one
3. Statement jewelry – It adds a touch of creativity and is a perfect way of showcasing your personality {this one from J.Crew is currently on sale}
4. A work appropriate heel with a modern twist – currently obsessed with this leather strap one from Zara
5. Cute as a Button by Essie is a great shade of coral that is business friendly. {remember keep your nails short & fresh – no chips!}

But really, what is business casual?

A Splash of Shimmer

I have always, and probably will always, have a fascination(which borders on obsession) with jewelry. Dainty, chunky, costume or classic, you name it, I’ve coveted it. I like to think that my obsession has a logic behind it. You see, jewelry is not just a fun way to accessorize but also a smart and easy way to transform any outfit. I have key go-to outfits for work that, if it wasn’t for my lively jewelry, would look boring or overdone. It is also a fast way to turn a “running-around-town-doing-errands” outfit into a “cocktail-with-friends-night-out” outfit.  Tom Binns and Kate Spade are my current jewelry guru’s but since my budget is not as luxurious as to afford Binns’ stunning creations, sometimes I find Forever 21 and H&M can do the trick!

necklace

{Zara Jean Jacket, J. Crew Cardigan, Forever 21 neckalace (similar here), Essie’s Mod Square}

However, if your birthday or anniversary is coming up or if you just want to treat yourself because, well let’s be honest, you deserve it (you do!) then these pieces below would be a fantastic and fun way to splurge.

Jewelry

{Left: Tom Binns Soft Power Flower Bib Necklace Right: Kate Spade’s Hot Chip Statement Necklace}

A Splash of Shimmer

Mexican Embroidery

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 {My sister, my mom and I in Oaxaca Mexico}

When I was younger my mom used to dress my sister and I in traditional Mexican dresses; although at that time I thought they were ugly and tacky I have now come to cherish the look and love the few pictures we have of us wearing them. I found my mom’s most recent visit to Mexico as the perfect opportunity and asked her to bring back some of the beautiful embroidered shirts that she used to buy for us when we were younger. Although she was a bit confused that after all my years of refusing to wear typical Mexican clothing I was now reverting back to it, she proudly returned with a stunning hand-crafted shirt. Back in the day I used to wear my embroidered dresses with sparkly head bands and light-up flip flops, though now, I am officially looking forward for warmer weather so I can pair this beautiful peasant shirt with my favourite pair of white jeans, a bright pink belt and some gladiators.

mexican shirt

{Embroidered Mexican shirt: similar one here}

To think that someone took the time and effort to embroider this beauty by hand makes me even more appreciative of this lovely new addition to my wardrobe.

Mexican Embroidery