September 29, 2014

Fashion Challenge / Titika Active Wear

style challenge
Hi my lovely readers! Today I'm going to introduce you to a super cool Canadian activewear line as well as show you the results of a fun little style challenge I took part in with the brand. Titika Active Wear launched in Toronto back in 2009 and with sportswear trending more than ever it's not a surprise to see these guys on the rise. Titika's functional yet fashion-forward designs made me fall for the line very easy. They offer a fresh perspective by gaining inspiration from the runways and leading trends then creating designs with the best quality fabrics. With our inspiration sources in common and Titika claiming their pieces are versatile for the on-the-go lifestyle I've put Titika to the Trend Struck Style Challenge test. Check out below how I've styled 5 of their pieces for occasions outside of the gym and let me know what your favourite look is in the comment section below!

LOOK 1 featuring the Titika Heart Pants
I'm kicking off my first look with my absolute favourite Titika piece, the Heart pants. There is no denying the mesh cut-outs are super rad and aside from their edgy look they are extremely comfortable with a barely there feeling. Pairing these leggings up with my new modernized take on the windbreaker I would run my errands in this look any day!
titika, active wear, wind breaker, zara wind breaker, titika heart pant, nike runners
titika, active wear, wind breaker, zara wind breaker, titika heart pant, nike runners 
Top: Zara / Pants: Titika / Runners: Nike

LOOK 2 featuring the Matrix Bra
Is anyone else obsessed with how bras, including sports bras, are seriously upping their style game? Luckily with trends like crop tops and exposed bra lines these itty bitty pieces are more fun to play up in your look than ever. Here I'm wearing the Matrix bra with cool criss cross detailing that made it an obvious choice for me to pair it with a high waisted skirt and a pair of pumps to make this going out approved!
titika, matrix bra, sports bra
titika, matrix bra, sports bra
titika, matrix bra, sports bra
Sports bra: Titika / Top: Aritzia / Skirt: American Apparel / Shoes: Sigerson Morrison

LOOK 3 featuring the Minka Pants
Having the perfect lounging pant is essential. In the summer sweats can be too hot and that's why I was so nicely surprised by the light weight of these Minka pants. With the elastic cuffs they were perfect to pair with my favourite kicks, my Nike Dunk Sky Hi's, and a casual tank. This look is perfect for those casual nights around the house or relaxing weekend getaways at the cottage.
titika, active wear, mink pants, good vibes tank, nike dunk sky hi
titika, active wear, mink pants, good vibes tank, nike dunk sky hi
titika, active wear, mink pants, good vibes tank, nike dunk sky hi
Tank: Zara / Pants: Titika / Runners: Nike

LOOK 4 featuring the Olivia tank
I can't get enough of Titika's fun mesh detailing. It's so current and pushes the fashion envelope with their pieces. Aside from these sexy little details is the tanks shape. It has a flare to the bottom almost mimicking the still popular peplum trend. This look I completed with a pair of tailored trousers, a blazer and my favourite booties that could literally take this look from work to after work drinks then transition to the gym by easily switching up the bottoms (if you were feeling that ambitious all in one evening that is).
Titika, active wear, olivia tank, mesh cut-outs
Titika, active wear, olivia tank, mesh cut-outs
Titika, active wear, olivia tank, mesh cut-outs
 Tank: Titika / Blazer: BCBG / Pants: Aritzia / Shoes: Sam Edelman

LOOK 5 featuring the Geebee Sweater
Last but not least we have a cozy sweater. We all should have that one go-to that we can reach for to add a layer while taking an evening stroll. The Geebee sweater caught my eye because I knew it would quickly become that go-to for me. I love it's extended length, the thumbholes, the high neck and Titika's logo for the pockets is a pretty adorable detail too. Pairing this with jeans and my converse it's such a quick and easy look that's comfortable for a road trip or flight.
 Sweater: Titika / Jeans: Zara / Shoes: Converse

Photographer / Tania Martinez


 

September 24, 2014

Three Way Tie / Crop Tops

It's safe to assume that you have a crop top or two (or ten) in your closet due to its extreme popularity so why not feature it for the latest three way tie! Plus these aren't going anywhere for the fall season ahead so finding variety on how to wear this shrunken top is something worth exploring. If you've noticed that every time you've worn it, it's always been paired with a pair of denim cut-offs this past summer then let me show some other ideas that might work with your style the next time you reach for that crop top!

PAIRING YOUR CROP TOP WITH A HIGH WAISTED SKIRT
Crop tops don't always need to be worn in casual settings, in fact they are incredible easy to dress up. Go through your skirts and look for one that sits above your belly button so only about an inch or two of skin is actually exposed. Keeping the bare skin to a minimum makes your look more appropriate for special events or dates. There's a time and place for everything you wear so dress appropriately. If you want to expose more skin than this go for it, I do, but it also means I'm either dressed for either a casual summer day like heading to the beach or it's because I'm hitting up the club. With 30 approaching however, I prefer to close the gap even for the club!
crop top, high waisted skirt, leather coral skirt, free people necklace, how to wear a crop top
crop top, high waisted skirt, leather coral skirt, free people necklace, how to wear a crop top
crop top, high waisted skirt, leather coral skirt, free people necklace, how to wear a crop top
Top: Prince of Peace / Skirt: H&M / Necklace: Free People / Shoes: Hole Martin

ROCKING CROP TOPS WITH LOW RIDERS
For this example Native Fox immediately comes to mind since this is a look she masters regularly. If you've worked hard for that fit bod and are comfortable enough to have your mid section exposed than you go girl. If I hadn't taken the summer off at the gym than maybe I would have rocked it more but at this time I'll pass and stick to covering up til I get back to the grind! Regardless I wanted to share a more casual look but one that had some funk rather than just a pair of shorts. I've been into leather-like joggers for a while and thought I would pair the two with my favourite kicks for a more athletic look. Play around with funky bottoms in your closet and see what works!
crop top, leather joggers, how to wear crop tops, H&M running shoes
crop top, leather joggers, how to wear crop tops, H&M running shoes
Top: Prince of Peace / Faux-leather joggers: Wilfred from Artizia / Runner: H&M

 LAYER UP AND WEAR YOUR CROP TOP OVER THAT MAXI DRESS
So here is one you might not have thought of yourself: wearing it over top of clothes you already own! Yep, why not give one of your basic dresses a facelift and feel like you just scored something new? Here I've taken one of my simple maxi dresses then threw on my crop top. Simple as that! You've now given your dress more layers and made that plain maxi just a little more interesting. Here I've layered black on black but to only keep this particular crop top consistent with the remainder of the looks in this post but get adventurous and play with colours if you want the crop to pop just a tad more. And look at that, no skin exposed.  So if any of you love the crop trend but never felt comfortable wearing it then try this trick and get in on the action!
Crop top, maxi dress, how to wear crop tops, layering with crop tops, coin necklace, silver cuff
Crop top, maxi dress, how to wear crop tops, layering with crop tops, coin necklace, silver cuff
Top: Prince of Peace / Dress: Club Monaco / Necklace: ALDO / Cuff: Brave Leather

Photographer / Tania Martinez


 

September 12, 2014

Value Village Fashion Challenge + Project Village

CONGRATULATIONS Janet Butler-McPhee, you are the winner of the $50 Value Village gift certificate! Happy thrifting!!
So today I have look two that I styled with more Value Village finds! Opposite of the last outfit, I kept this one casual and fun. A trend that I have been loving for a while now are bomber jackets so when I stumbled on this one AND in leopard print (bonus) I immediately snagged it! I wore the jacket with my summer staples: a crop top and denim cut-offs and accessorized with a necklace I found from VV that followed my tops neckline perfectly and a clutch, also VV, with a fun reptile print that was both a contrast and complement to the jacket. Also included in my look, that I want to tell you about today, are layered bead bracelets by Project Village that pull in all the colours of my outfit! Scroll down to get the full story!
Joining forces between Value Village and Project Village had a nice ring to it and not to mention the outfit and the bracelets were too much of a good match to pass up! So yes these bracelets are pretty but it's the story behind them that make them even more beautiful. Project Village was founded by a good friend, Anna Gala, who's goal is to help support underprivileged women in Toronto through her bracelets. She's a believer that real sustainable change is achieved through empowerment and not by handouts that perpetuate the cycle of dependence. Through transformational coaching, positive social influences, empowering support systems and healthy work environments Project Village will help to break the cycle of poverty and the dependence on social services that disempower so many women today. They are fortunate to have partnerships with PACT Urban Peace Program and the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women's Empowerment to help with transforming the lives of these women. 
GET YOUR BRACELETS AND HELP! Until September 17th Project Village has set up an Indiegogo Campaign which is an online crowd funding site where companies post their cause, raise funds through contributions that get perks in return and in the end have a lump sum of money to move forward with their mission and pursue their goals. So the more contributions, the more women Project Village can bring on to start their journey of employment and empowerment. If you want to support this great mission visit them here.
For more on Project Village visit their website or follow any of their social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for reading xx
Top: American Apparel / Shorts: Levis from Aritzia / Booties: Dolce Vita / Bracelets: Project Village / Jacket, Necklace & Clutch: Value Village

Photographer / Tania Martinez