April 23, 2014

Toronto Fashion Week / Pink Tartan

Dress, Keepsake / Belt, Club Monaco / Clutch, Marc by Marc Jacobs / Booties, Nine West

Round two (first round here) at Toronto Fashion Week last month was to see Pink Tartan, a show always highly anticipated.  It's a line you can always count on for being pretty and ladylike which easily explains why I chose this dress to wear for the occasion.  Since this show was fall/ winter many of the looks were quite bundled up but oh so fashionably.  Some of my favourite looks included plaid which came down the runway frequently and fluffy fur collars.  My top three looks are below but you can check out the full collection here.  Although the looks were pretty I can wait very patiently for next winter to come since this one is still not through. 
All Pink Tartan images taken by George Pimentel / Getty Images

April 18, 2014

Toronto Fashion Week / Line Knitwear

Hat, Target / Sweater, Zara / Skirt, Bedo / Necklace, Armed / Boots, L.K.Bennett / Lipstick, MAC Rebel 

It was Toronto Fashion Week last month and Line Knitwear was one of the shows I attended.  I became an instant fan when I discovered this Canadian line about a year ago so it was a show I was eager to see. Given it's cozy and casual style I chose to reflect that in my outfit with this coated knit, shimmery skirt and knee highs, pulled together with a floppy hat and custom necklace by Armed.  

Below were my top picks from Line's Fall 2014 show but you can check out the full collection here.  The candy floss pink moto jacket MUST be mine!  
Images By George Pimentel / Getty Images

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