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April 30, 2015

Social Struck / Favourite April Moments

I've decided to start Social Struck to compile my favourite moments that have been shared over my different social channels each month. Since it's common for people to have a more popular method of following you may miss updates that have been shared on a different platform. So at the end of each month look for my top 10 favourite moments that have been shared over my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
1. I kicked April off by celebrating my sisters 35th birthday. All her friends, husband and I pulled together some $$$ to surprise her with a super rad Dylanex necklace that you can see worn in this pic. I could be jealous but with all the clothes my sister has borrowed over the years I now have the right to take this pup whenever I want (right Alicia?).
2. OverCat communications invited me to meet with St. Tropez Global Product Development Director Jacqui Burchell to preview the new Luxe Facial Oil. I haven't tried it yet but I'm super excited about it. I'm not into self tanners but St. Tropez is one that has won me over. Their products don't have that horrible smell, they don't leave streaks instead you get the most natural, gradual glow. The new facial oil can be applied after your evening cleansing ritual 2-3 times a week to start seeing the results.
3. Bench Canada sends us on some really fun adventures so this month we were invited to BATL where a large group of us got to axe throw. I've been wanting to try this since realizing it was even a thing and as expected I had so much fun. I highly recommend getting a crew together to give it a shot. We all dressed up in our Bench attire and practiced throwing around axes for the first hour then dove into a competition in which I WON. I'm from a small town so I guess my upbringing put me at an advantage.
4. The weather is getting nicer here in Toronto so I decided to stroll my favourite Queen West area and I was shocked to see how many new stores there were since I visited last. My favourite was definitely Anthropologie that has taken over an old 19-th century church. This store had so much character I wanted to snap pictures of every little detail. They even had plants with pineapples growing out of them!! Go check it out if you are in the area I promise you won't leave disappointed.
5. My favourite blog post this month was styling my favourite shaggy jacket. Fur really took a step to the side this season and messy shag was embraced by many including myself. It actually makes me sad that I'll be putting it away until next Fall however when we reunite I'm sure it will be like the time we first met.
6. I got invited to the Lacoste FW preview. I loved all the details to their showroom, they really captured that athletic feel. There were a few pieces that caught my eye like a triangle sheer cut-out sweater, or this layered looking wool jacket and particularly these white leather kicks.
7. This month I decided to team up with my friend Natalie who is also a shoe ambassador for Le Chateau and blogger over at My Little Secrets. We decided to pick the same shoe to style in our own way then come together for a photoshoot and it turned out adorable. I can't wait to do more collaborations like this for you soon.
8. Last week I attended Toronto Fashion Group International's Mentor Dinner where they invited 9 mentors all in the fashion and beauty industry. We were all assigned a table with a mentor where we enjoyed dinner and great conversation. There were several amazing mentors in the room but I was especially excited to meet Jenny Bird. I've been a huge fan of her jewelry for quite some time and just look at how spunky she is!
9. Two days ago I was invited to Lotus Leaf's Press Days where I walked their showroom to hear a little bit about each brand they represent and what's new. Between bags, clothing, jewelry, lingerie and nail polish there was a lot to look forward to. In particular I loved Alex & Ani's summer collection of bracelets that include fun colours and adorable new charms.
10. Last night I went back to school! I've decided to take a course in Digital Marketing at Branstation to improve all my self-taught skills and to learn more in the area's that I've pushed to the side like SEO and analytics. I left my job at the end of last year ready to take on a new direction in the marketing world so hopefully with new skills under my belt and a boost in confidence I'll land a new job soon!
Hope you enjoyed my April roundup. See you next month! xx


April 23, 2015

Shaggy Jackets

Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
No we don't have any snow left here in Toronto but I had this post pending from a previous shoot and with temperatures taking such a dip from last week I had to take advantage of this opportunity to get it up. With it being so cold you would actually expect to see snow once you stepped foot outside but let's just stay positive and take this as the final burst of cold before sunshine consumes our days. So today's trend that I'm styling is this shaggy jacket I scooped up from Zara {on a massive discount btw, BONUS}. This past season I said adios to the faux fur and hello to the shag. I love it's over-the-top, imperfect and messy {like my hair} look. It suits this grungy, badass look I've created however I also saw someone style it with jeans and a pair of chucks and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Yes, it's a statement but it's so hot it should give you that instant confidence to rock it! Are you down with the shag or are you still all about the fur look? I wanna know!Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
Zara shag jacket, All Saints Leather Pants, Shag Jacket
Jacket: Zara / Pants: All Saints / Boots: BCBG / Sunnies: RetroSuperFuture

Photographer / Tania Martinez

 

April 21, 2015

April's Le Chateau Shoes

Black peep-toe, Finders Keepers Dress, Le Chateau shoe ambassadors
I've been so excited to share this post with you! It's been sooo long since I've done a collaborative shoot with another blogger and I don't know what's taken so long because I had so much fun doing it. Meet Natalie of My Little Secrets. We first met and shot together last summer for the Shop for Jayu's FW lookbook and currently we are both Le Chateau shoe ambassadors so naturally we thought we should team up and style one of our months shoe picks! With it being April and the weather flip flopping back and forth we chose this black shootie to reflect the transition of seasons. The angle of the leather moving up the front of the ankle is what originally intrigued me. They look so sexy and unlike any other shoe I own. These in particular are a part of Le Chateau's Luxe Collection which are generally always my favourite. The quality and comfort is amazing for this collection, I highly recommend you check them out for yourself next time you go. Now back to this adorable shoot!! Natalie rocked her girly boho look perfectly with theses shoes and I went opposite in black but with a structured black mini dress. I actually got this dress originally for my 30th birthday but never ended up wearing it. It's by Finders Keepers, just another amazing Australia brand and found it at Sauvage on Queen West. I walked past this store last week and saw it was replaced by a store called Smoke+Ash. Immediately I felt disappointed we lost another great store but once I looked into it I discovered it's just a new name and concept that has taken over so although I haven't paid a visit yet I definitely will soon and know it will be just as great.Black peep-toe, Finders Keepers Dress, Le Chateau shoe ambassadors
Black peep-toe, Finders Keepers Dress, Le Chateau shoe ambassadors
Black peep-toe, Finders Keepers Dress, Le Chateau shoe ambassadors
Black peep-toe, Finders Keepers Dress, Le Chateau shoe ambassadors
Black peep-toe, Finders Keepers Dress, Le Chateau shoe ambassadors
Black peep-toe, Finders Keepers Dress, Le Chateau shoe ambassadors
Shoes & Sunnies: Le Chateau / Dress: Finders Keepers from Sauvage now Smoke+Ash

Photographer / Tania Martinez

 

April 08, 2015

Bench Canada

Bench clothing, Bench activewear, Bench Baddah Leggings, Bench Retrocag Jacket
Recently I teamed up with Bench to give their gear a try and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with their activewear. Let's be serious leggings can be found just about anywhere but I truly love the fit of Bench leggings. So much I now own three pairs and wear them each night that I'm home getting cozied in for the night. I mean to be honest working out isn't really my thing at the moment but between walking everywhere in this City and dancing my little heart out every weekend it seems to do the trick so activewear at night will have to do. The leggings I'm wearing in this post are their Baddah leggings which are my personal favourite for the styles they offer. These ones in particular are super light weight however I also have these that are the same style but different fabric and they are actually the most comfortable pair of leggings I own. Truth! Today I paired my leggings up with their Retroact windbreaker which for this time of year will come in handy for my dog walks. I'm actually excited because today I'm joining Bench for some axe throwing obviously while rocking their gear. Wish me luck and catch my adventure on my social channels. xxBench clothing, Bench activewear, Bench Baddah Leggings, Bench Retrocag Jacket
Bench clothing, Bench activewear, Bench Baddah Leggings, Bench Retrocag Jacket
Bench clothing, Bench activewear, Bench Baddah Leggings, Bench Retrocag Jacket
Jacket: Bench / Leggings: Bench / Sneakers: H&M

Photographer / Tania Martinez