January 27, 2015

Another year bites the dust

It's been a while and I'm back with a post that is also now overdue as 2015 is well underway. So what have I been up to since we've last spoke? I decided to take a step into adulthood and start apartment hunting to find the perfect home for myself and my little fur ball. I was living with my sister and her husband in a large cozy home so the thought of downsizing and having to spend a pretty penny each month to survive in this expensive City was a tad stressful. However, the timing felt right. I was ready for the change. Everything happened incredibly fast but I found a condo that was perfect for me and I moved in on December 1st. With just a bed and my clothes to move (well A LOT of clothes) my primary focus was to turn this small box into a {stylish} home before the holidays approached. And that's exactly what I did. I disconnected from everything, focused on my home and enjoyed the holidays with friends and family. On top of a move December is always a busy month so putting TS on hold just felt like the right thing to do. I will admit that come the New Year I reflected back on disconnecting from the virtual world and I really enjoyed it. I was living in the moment more than ever and came to a stand still with what I wanted to do. I left my job before the holidays on top of everything so landing something new is now at the forefront of things. I will be here as much as my time allows and I do actually have a few exciting things that I'm kicking 2015 off that I look forward to sharing with you!!!
Now that you know what I've been up to for the last two months I briefly want to touch on 2014. I went through a lot of difficult change back in 2013 where I was basically waiting for each day to come and just go. Time gets us through things and when 2014 approached I knew it was time to say enough is enough. I made a pact with myself to make my main focus of 2014 to simply be 'happiness'.  I went through a lot of phases and reflecting back it all makes sense because it was MY process to get to where I needed to be. I had a lot of rebuilding to do. I took on things that in the past made me happy, I got things out of my system as careless as a few of those things may have been, I made an effort to get out and be more social and not to mention I took on so many amazing projects with my blog that it was my biggest year of growth yet. So did I reach my focus? Absolutely. I feel back to my normal self but improved. Nothing beats happiness and laughter and a lot of that was found in the B roll of my posts throughout the year that I'm sharing with you today. 
Find your happiness and make 2015 the best year yet and as always thank you for your support xx
Photographer / Tania Martinez

 

November 18, 2014

Pantone Says It's Trending / Bright Cobalt

Pantone, Bright Cobalt, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
I am SO excited about today's blog post because I have a wicked giveaway for y'all! You've heard me talk about Brave Leather time and time again because I'm such a huge fan. When we decided to host another giveaway together it just felt right to pay tribute to where this romance all began: The Carmella. I've worn the gold Carmella belt in multiple style posts (here, here and here) and even featured it on my Three Way Tie series to show you ladies just how versatile a statement piece like this can actually be. I style this belt so much that I also had to have it in silver (thank you Brave) and this is the first time I've pulled it out for you guys. Today I'm styling it with a bright cobalt blue skirt that's trending this season according to Pantone. When wearing colour it's shades of blue that I more commonly will lean toward (it's just a blondes best friend in my opinion), but cobalt in particular has been a favourite of mine for some time now. I love the punch it can give an outfit. It's fun, it's vibrant and it will get you noticed. With all this in mind I tend to keep it the focal point of my outfit and pair it with less distracting colours like grey, white or black. That being said I wouldn't be opposed to pairing cobalt with navy or going bold with the right print! It's a colour so just have fun with it!

So let's get to the goods shall we? Who wants to win a really rad early Christmas present?! Enter all the mandatory steps below plus any others you wish for additional entries to up your chances of winning! The giveaway is for one Carmella belt in the colour of your choice OR this fall Brave came out with another really cool precious metals collection. Brook and Meadow have fun geometric cutouts that add a super trendy twist to the metallic cinchers. The choice is yours, ENTER NOW!
This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only. Contest runs until 11:59pm Sunday November 23rd. Winner will be drawn and announced on Monday November 24th. I wish you all the best and want to hear how you would wear this belt if it was yours in the comments section below!!
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Pantone, Bright Cobalt, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
Pantone, Bright Cobalt, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
Pantone Fall 2014, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
Pantone Fall 2014, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
Pantone Fall 2014, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
Pantone Fall 2014, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
Pantone Fall 2014, Metallic Belt, Brave Leather, Vitaly Jewelry
Tank: H&M / Blazer: BCBG / Skirt,Nylons: Club Monaco / Booties: Sam Edelman / Sunglasses: Retrosuperfuture / Necklace,Rings: Vitaly / Belt: Brave Leather

Photographer / Tania Martinez

 

November 12, 2014

Pardon my Print / Watercolour

If you haven't noticed throughout my blog design I am quite fond of watercolour. There's something just so dreamy about it and that's exactly how we captured the print being styled in this outfit post. The colours in this silk Rachel Roy dress are beyond stunning and channeling the bohemian side to me I felt the need to pair it up with my Kate Moss x Topshop fringe leather jacket. Trust! I know this jacket is out of this world, I stare at it all the time. Wearing watercolor can come in so many forms. My dress for example is actually more of a watercolour tie dye print and obviously NOT that bright colour tie dye we used to do when we were younger. The use of soft pink mixed with deep navy really made this a more current and feminine piece. This print is also trending in a more abstract way with soft, bright or rich colours. Check out my 'print' board on pinterest to see how others are wearing it!
Dress: Rachel Roy / Jacket: Kate Moss for Topshop / Necklace: J.Crew

Photographer / Tania Martinez

 

November 07, 2014

The Brand Collaboration Trend

McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
Today's post isn't discussing a current style, print or colour that's trending instead I'm gearing it toward brand collaborations that are popping up like crazy between stores and high-end designers, celebrities and bloggers. These genius forces have been uniting for a while but it's reached a point where they are now the norm and I personally am not getting tired of them. I thrive on finding out what the next partnership will be then eagerly await for the much anticipated collection release to see the goods! To give a quick run down on brand collaborations it's H&M who has really been the leader with this trend from the release of their exclusive Karl Lagerfeld collection back in 2004. I know I can't believe that's ten years ago either! Since then they have teamed up with other big brands like Stella McCartney, Victor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Comme des Garçons, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, Alexander Wang that was just released yesterday and SO many more! Other stores jumping on this train is Target who has worked with Altuzarra, Missoni, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim. Topshop released collections with Adidas, Christopher Kane, Kate Moss and soon Beyonce. The reasoning for all the hype of this trend is simple: high-end brands mixed with high volume affordable stores create accessibility to the general public. And just like that all our dreams have come true. We have Lanvin gowns hanging in our closet, Altuzarra on our shoe shelf and Alexander Wang as workout gear! Bloggers are also getting in on the mix like the super popular Blonde Salad teaming up with Steve Madden. Even our very own eLuxe here in Canada is teaming up with bloggers regularly to design capsule collections because intimate relationships are being built with bloggers who are essentially a brand in themselves! 
So what does all this talk have to do with today's style post? Among the many collaborations McQ has teamed up with Puma for AW 2014 and I got my hands on a pair, thanks Puma! Puma has worked with Alexander McQueen in the past but decided to switch the collaboration over to McQ. With McQ being a brand heavily influenced by streetwear it was organic to collide on a trainer relationship and with Puma already in the mix the switchover was effortless. On that note I chose these super cute kicks called the Rush Lo in Veiled Rose that are perfect for everyday! I've paired them up with my new faded jeans from Gap's fall Black Denim Collection and this super cute tee that my friend came across while on vacay (that's a good friend right there)!
In the comments section below tell me what you think of brand collaborations and which one got you most excited xx
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
McQ x Puma, Gap Black Denim Collection, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
Jeans: Gap / Shoes: McQxPuma / Sunglasses: Retrosuperfuture

Photographer / Tania Martinez