April 07, 2014

What a Nice Complement / Mustard + Plum

Deep colours like plum and wine I wear a lot in the gloomier months but that doesn't mean you need to keep it dark with your whole look.  Take mustard for example, it's a colour you may not wear a lot of but when you pair it with plum you get a fun pop of colour that just seems to work.  If combining two major pieces is a little out of your comfort zone then break it up by using one of the colours in an accessory.  One of my favourite scarves is this mustard colour and what's amazing is how much I can wear it with.  So get a little experimental with your colours and try this combo out for yourself!
1 Tibi / 2 H&M / 3 Joie / 4 Zak Posen / 5 Topshop 
Photographer: Tania Martinez

March 25, 2014

Outfit of the Day / Cobalt Cool

As a blonde blue is one of my favourite colours to wear, especially cobalt blue since it came on the scene. This sheer blouse from Club Monaco, that I own in a few other colours, is a staple to my winter wardrobe.  Blouses with enough length to wear over leggings worn with an accessory or two is so simple yet will still look nicely pulled together.  And yes it's officially Spring but the weather hasn't shifted enough for us to change up what we wear just yet... unfortantely.
Photographer: Tania Martinez

March 21, 2014

Spotlight: Honey Stores

Recently I teamed up with Honey stores to pick some of my favourite looks for this Spring.  I was given full access to their Yorkdale store, one of their five locations, to shop away!  Honey stores are any girly girls dream.  The store was filled with pretty little dresses, delicate soft fabrics, sparkly statement accessories and a large selection of designers to choose from.  Feeling like a kid in a candy store I began my search and narrowed it down to 6 Spring looks that we later had fun shooting at their head office.  Enjoy my outfits and remember everything is in stores now at Honey!!

Where to wear it
Bridal shower or wedding

Why it's perfect
This season pastels are continuing to trend making this such a hit for any occasion that you have an excuse to get dressed up for.  The soft lilac in addition to the overall style of this dress is so feminine it would remain in your closet for years to come.  The midi dress length is also something you will be seeing a lot more of and I find it so refreshing.  Many may find it difficult to wear but when paired with a pair of pumps it can really elongate the body and show off your waistline.

What I'm wearing from Honey
Dress, Bailey 44
Purse, Rebecca Minkoff
Also, Necklace & Bracelet from Honey

Where to wear this
Work or business function

Why it's perfect
Again the midi skirt is trending and totally appropriate for any professional setting because of it's length.  In fact a black midi skirt was at the top of my list for must-haves this Spring because of how versatile this piece can be.  Here I paired it with a top decorated in floral embellishments which you may have noticed is becoming popular as well.  The length of this top hit the skirt perfectly to show off my curves and the adorable scalloped edges made it seem like these two pieces were simply meant for each other.

What I'm wearing from Honey
Top, Endless Rose
Skirt, Cotton Candy
Purse, Rebecca Minkoff
Also, Bracelet from Honey

Where to wear this
Sporting event

Why it's perfect
Something that is on my radar that I'm most excited for this season are sporty bomber jackets.  This sheer sleeved, floral print is a more girly approach to the trend but couldn't be more suitable for the Spring season ahead.  Pairing the jacket with a skater skirt was a match made in heaven.  I just love how flirty it is!

What I'm wearing from Honey
Tank, Nikibiki
Jacket, Potter's Pot
Skirt, Hypr
Purse, Rebecca Minkoff

Where to wear this
Night out

Why it's perfect
Hot pink will always be acceptable for our warmer months.  It's like sunshine and bright colours just form positive energy so don't be shy to wear them.  This little party dress that I chose has a fairly simple design which is usually what I lean toward because I like to play with my accessories.  Cinching in at the waist with an adorable bow belt then adding a fun gold necklace quickly gave this dress a bit more personality.

What I'm wearing from Honey
Dress, L'Atiste
Booties, Sam Edelman
Purse, Rebecca Minkoff
Also, Necklace & Belt from Honey

Where to wear this
Casual day out

Why it's perfect
You can never go wrong with a comfortable boyfriend jean and an airy blouse.  In fact if I could live in one look for all of summer this would be it.  I love the bell sleeve detail that gives this top even more amazing movement and the soft floral print again is always inviting as we enter the Spring season.

What I'm wearing from Honey
Blouse, Cotton Candy
Jeans, Citizens of Humanity
Shoes, Sam Edelman
Purse, Rebecca Minkoff
Also, Necklace from Honey

Where to wear this
Music festival

Why it's perfect
Maxi skirts are my favourite pieces to wear in the summer because they can be styled in endless ways.  This lace skirt is a lot of fun because of it's dainty lace yet flirty high slit and sheer look that exposes a hidden mini.  This skirt was paired with a neutral blouse and a really cool vest that is actually a jacket with removable sleeves (I just love versatility).  With a music festival in mind while styling this look, of course I had to complete it with an adorable floral crown.

What I'm wearing from Honey
Tank, Cy
Vest, Line Knitwear
Skirt, Audrey
Booties, Sam Edelman
Also, Necklace & Flower Crown from Honey

March 14, 2014

Outfit of the Day / Plum Palette

Hands down this was my colour of the season!  I loved wearing it, I loved accessorizing in it and my lips favoured the bold look too!  Plum is quite a versatile colour making it super easy to integrate into any look.  Since my love for leather (or faux leather) isn't going anywhere anytime soon I had to pair the two together.  It was pretty much magnetic as you can see.  With spring around the corner it doesn't mean we have to say goodbye to this beautiful but dark shade, instead we just need to style it differently.  Switch up your black with denim, grey, tan or white to easily brighten things up.  If you want to go on the more colourful side of things then you can even pair it with a mustard or chartreuse (hint to an upcoming posts).  And by the way, happy almost spring! x 

Photographer: Tania Martinez

March 06, 2014

Copy Cat

New segment here at Trend Struck!!  Style inspiration comes from so many different places for all of us.  It could be found on the streets, in magazines, blogs or Pinterest.  If you see something you like then go for it!  Recreate that look in a way that expresses your personal style.  You might be surprised to know that you may have a good portion of a look already existing in your wardrobe if not the whole thing!
I'm kicking Copy Cat off with an easy, casual look.  What inspired me with this outfit was that I was stuck thinking I could only wear my denim vest in spring/summer but after seeing it layered up in a way that is perfect for fall/winter I knew I wanted to try it.
This look simply consists of a pair of dark leggings, a grey sweater (preferably one with length or wearing a shirt underneath to get the length) and a denim vest.  Accessorize as you wish and you have your own version of this look I found on Pinterest.  I hope you enjoyed this post!
Leggings: TopShop / Sweater: Iris Von Arnim / Vest: AĆ©ropostale

Photographer / Tania Martinez

March 03, 2014

Outfit of the Day / Snow Angel

This is the never ending winter!!!  I decided to put my complaining on pause and have some fun with all the fluff that keeps falling from the sky.  After all I am Canadian with mitts to back that statement.  Also Canadian in this post is the jacket that I'm wearing by Rudsak.  For starters I'm a huge fan because I love to support Canadian brands and secondly they have some pretty rad stuff to keep you fashionable and warm throughout the colder months (and summertime too).  As soon as a bit of cold hits the first store I go to is Rudsak on Queen St. to check out what boots I'm going to get for the season, it's always a sure bet! Of course while I'm there my eyes wander to the jackets and all the accessory bits that they have to offer.  It's easy to get carried away in there, I would take it all if I could!!  

Photographer / Tania Martinez

February 25, 2014


Image: Vogue / 2013 Met Gala After Party, Punk Theme LOVED!

Today on WHAT2WEAR we are going to focus on how to dress for a gala.  I chose this topic because I recently attended two back to back.  Both supporting great causes and yet each called for two totally different looks.  Do a little research by checking out what the vibe was like the previous year(s). This will give you insight on what the venue was like, the mood and who was attending (age, what they wore).  Once you have determined the level of dressiness follow my guide below to help map it out!
And of course I'm going to share with you my two looks for the events I attended, just keep reading.

My Turn
LOVE 4 A CURE is a non-profit organization focused on raising funds for various Canadian charities and this year they chose to support The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  The Princess Margaret is one of the largest comprehensive cancer treatment facilities in the world.  It sees over 1,000 patients every day and has the capacity to deliver diagnostic, treatment and follow-up care to close to 200,000 patients and their families every year.  This alone made me proud to be a part of such a wonderful event.  
So let's get to the style.  The event did say black tie however after conducting my research I did notice the crowd overall was fairly young (late twenties to mid thirties) and for the most part people were dressed nice but not over the top black tie that I originally had in my head.  With this window of opportunity I decided to forgo the dress and go with a midi skirt (super hot for spring FYI) and a crop top.  This may sound casual but that's because I chose to have my accessories steal the look.  Naturally I met up with Desiree, designer of Armed jewelry, to get hooked up for my event because I knew she would have exactly what I was looking for and as you can see below... she totally did!  I really loved this outfit because I felt appropriate enough when it came to how dressy I looked and I felt comfortable by having my personal style show through by being a bit trendy.  
Top & Skirt, American Apparel / Necklace, Armed / Booties, BCBG / Lip, MAC Asian Flower 

MOTIONBALL is a not-for-profit organization that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.  Since it's inception in 2002, motionball has donated over $3.3 million to the SOCF!!  It's another feel good party to attend and this is one in Toronto that you do not want to miss.  With this being their 13th year hosting the event you can expect it gets bigger and better each year.  This was my first year attending and it certainly won't be the last.  I was blown away by how beautiful it was, how amazing the energy was and overall it was just a really great group of people.
This gala was in fact a legit black tie event so there was no doubt in my mind that I was going with a gown.  My day gig is working for a New York based bridesmaid dress line called Twobirds and I knew that was what I wanted to wear in black.  I know you are thinking to yourself "but no one ever wears their bridesmaid dresses again" well we are different.  We make dresses that you actually do wear again and this just proves it (or you can check out this other post for further convincing).  The other part I was set on was having an accessory piece be a major element to my overall look.  Feeling a little gutsy I chose to go with a headpiece that I literally became instantly obsessed with the second it was placed on my head.  Unlike a necklace that becomes part of your outfit this kept my dress and the accessory separate so they could both receive equal attention.  This piece was also crafted by the one and only Armed that's now available in her shop and soon at Bicyclette for those of you in the Queen West area.  I'm so happy I was able to wear a look like this.  Events where we can get as dolled up as we wish without feeling overdressed don't happen all the time so cease any opportunity you get!  

I just want to give a big thanks to Desiree from Armed for loaning me her ridiculously amazing pieces for these two events.  She brought to life my visions and let's be honest these looks would be been nothing without them.  Her work is seriously the best.  Much love and thanks x
Dress, Twobirds / Headpiece, Armed / Lip, MAC Rebel

Photographer / Tania Martinez