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

 

October 29, 2014

It's a Trend Thing / Sneakers

It should be pretty apparent to you by now that sportswear has been the leading trend for me and it's not just because wearing sneakers gets me out of wearing high heels! As much as I love spending time creating my stylish little outfits this trend is quick and easy and can look so effortless. Now, when I say athletic wear ladies I am not condoning wearing your Lululemon attire from head-to-toe, that does NOT mean you are on trend! There is a time and place for that and it's while you are working out or on your way to or from that workout. However, wearing elements worked into your style can pass the test although I don't tend to take that literal of an approach when I suit up. For example I love wearing sneakers day-to-day but in reality those aren't the ones I'm wearing at the gym and that adidas tee I own that in the past I would have run in I wouldn't even dare to today - I will handle that piece with care! Keep the clothing loose fitted or try working in those branded tees with a blazer and experiment with what can work with a pair of sneakers.
Tank & Leggings, Wilfred Free from Aritzia / Bra, Triangl / Necklace, Shop for Jayu / Sunglasses, Retrosuperfuture / Sneakers, H&M

Photographer / Tania Martinez