Tis The Season

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(Photos by James)

Outfit Details: Polka-dot Top (Forever 21), Skirt + Leggings (H&M), Accessories (Butterfly Beads)

This is just a quick note to wish you all a happy holiday! Hope you're enjoying it with your friends & family.

I've been so busy the last little while with travelling and meeting people that I've barely had time for this blog. Once all the parties and holiday events are over I will be back in full swing with outfit posts, constant Twitter-ing, networking, and possibly even a new layout! (I'm getting really bored with this one)

Cheers to everyone! Come back in the new year (next Wednesday) for more fun stuff. :)

High-low Dress In The Winter

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Black High-low Dress (Forever 21), Maroon Leggings + Necklace (H&M), Oxford Booties (Aldo), Bracelet (Drama Queen by Flhair), Ring (Myles Sexton)

Many people have trouble with transitioning some of their summer favourites into fall and winter. You may feel like you can't wear a neon top or a bright floral dress during this season, but if it's styled with warmer colours or accessories then you may be able to pull it off without trouble or looking out of place.

I've taken a very popular trend from the summer, the classic high-low dress, and transitioned it into a winter outfit using leggings and colours that are currently on trend. I wanted a gothic-rocker kind of look so I added the studded accessories, making it the main focus of the outfit. That also brought out the gold-button detailing on the shoulders of this dress. Win/win.

Tell me how you plan on wearing some of your summer pieces this season!


Glam Dress Giveaway!

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Teal Rouched Dress (c/o E-Closet), Earrings + Ring (Forever 21), Bracelets (local market), Clutch (SPRING Shoes)

The holidays are coming up and naturally I'm excited because of all the festive outfits I will get to put together! The dress photographed above was kindly given to me by E-Closet, an affordable and trendy online clothing store for ladies. The beaded detailing caught my eye at first glance and the quality of the fabric is amazing!

I will be wearing this dress tomorrow night to HoHoTO, the biggest end-of-the-year party that happens in Toronto. It's held annually at The Mod Club to raise funds for Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank. It's my first year going and if you're free, get your ticket and come with me! If you can't make it you can still donate online (via PayPal) to a great cause.


Win a dress just like mine!

Now for the exciting part... E-Closet has generously offered to give the same dress (new of course) to one lucky reader! It is a dark teal colour made of 60% polyester, 35% rayon, 5% spandex, and comes in sizes Small, Medium and Large. You can find more detailed photos and information here.

To enter, simply use the widget below with all your submission options. You must like both E-Closet and summerxskin on Facebook.

You can also get extra entries by doing the following:
  • Leave a comment below telling what your plans are for New Years Eve!
  • Follow @eclosetca on Twitter
  • Follow @summerxskin on Twitter
  • Tweet "Hey @summerxskin, I want that teal dress from @eclosetca! #dressgiveaway" You can tweet this once a day.
  • Contest is open to all residents of Canada and ends on Wednesday, December 19, 212 at midnight (EST)!

 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Elaine Atkins for winning the Teal Rouched Glam Dress!



Sick Day

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I've been sick with a tooth and throat infection since the weekend (gross I know) but I couldn't let that keep me from doing a post this week! Instead of doing my usual OOTD I thought I'd get a little more creative and do a makeup look instead. I actually love makeup and have quite an obsession with collecting it, but believe me, everything gets used!

For the look above I primarily used Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette (purples, greys, black) and highlighted my brow-bone with "Virgin" from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. The Peacock Paper Lashes were given to me by MICHA Lash; aren't they stunning?! I finished the look with black liquid liner and pencil liner.

This is how I pass the time if I'm ever bored or sick at home and don't want to linger in bed. What makes you feel better when you're ill? I'd love to know!

Launch of Brandy Melville Canada

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Metallic Sweater (H&M), Infinity Scarf (Dynamite), Boots (Bamboo), Handbag (Ralph Lauren), Jeans + Earrings (Forever 21), Bracelet Set (Butterfly Beads)

A fabulous new store has opened on Queen Street West in Toronto, it's called Brandy Melville! I'm excited and scared at the same time - excited because I no longer have to travel to NYC to shop at one of the cutest clothing stores ever, but scared because it's literally in the same block as my work (which isn't great for my wallet). Fortunately all of their items are reasonably priced and they get new shipment every week.

I wore the outfit above to the Toronto media launch last night. It was definitely appropriate considering the type of style this store has - comfy and casual with boho-hippie feel. This is the place to go if you're looking for nice crop tops and maxi skirts, they have a fantastic selection.
(Note: I also wore this outfit during Toronto Fashion Week SS2013; currently in love with the scarf.)

What surprised me the most was how knowledgeable the staff was, including the sales girls. Almost all of them came up to me, introduced themselves and told me a little bit of company history. Some were very sweet and asked me for advice about the fashion and retail industry. It was great and I'm so happy I got to connect with them on a more personal level. For the love of fashion, right? :)

I've added some photos that I took at the event for your viewing pleasure, but I insist that you check out the store in-person when you get a chance. It's awesome!


Coming from a merchandising background, I was really impressed with the store set-up and detailing.


Loved the clothing furniture and decor!


They have promotional posters and photos as wallpaper running all around the store - neat idea.


Some Queen West love. Not sure if you know already but I'm really into Korean fashion and the concept of "one size fits all" has been around for ages, but it's interesting to see that Brandy Melville has also implemented this.


Cool story about these hangers: they are handmade and shipped from Italy. I love them!


These lovely ladies work at Brandy Melville and they are my new friends: Anna-Kay and Neasha.

 

Stole this photo from Nicole of DaintyGirl.ca but it was too nice not to share! Enjoyed seeing her and Casie Stewart at the event. :)

Have you ever heard of Brandy Melville? You can also shop online if you aren't near a physical location.

Black and Blue

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Lace Top (Anthropologie), Checkered Skirt (H&M), Boots (Vianni Collection), Crossbody Bag (Etienne Aigner), Bracelet + Necklace + Flower Ring (Forever 21), Watch (Calvin Klein)

I think skirts are my favourite clothing item, especially the bodycon type because they're so easy to dress up or down. You can also choose to tuck your shirt in or leave it out like I did above.

If you look closely at this outfit, you'll see this weird obsession that I have - matching accessories to my handbag. If the bag is lined with a gold zipper or buttons, I try my best to wear gold. In this case my crossbody bag is black and silver, so naturally my accessories are silver. I'm not sure why I do this, and sometimes when I can't match them together (it happens), the entire outfit throws me off.

Tell me: Do you have any weird clothing obsessions or pet peeves? I'd love to know!

Playing with Leaves

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Black Ruffle Top (Mango), Skirt + Gold Pearl Ring (H&M), Suede Booties (Aldo), Purse + Bracelet Set (Forever 21), Owl Necklace (Butterfly Beads)

Despite the chilly weather and random rain showers, this week has been treating me so well. I've been going to bed slightly earlier than usual, catching up on some of my favourite TV shows, and sneaking in some reading time as well. It always feels so good to have a few calm and relaxing nights but that will come to an end tonight - I have meetings and events scheduled for the rest of the week. I'm looking forward to them so it's all good.


Hope you like this photo set, I had so much fun shooting it with Maria! To those who read my blog every week, as well as those who check in once in a while - thank you for your support. I love reading your comments, tweets and e-mails. Have a fantastic week!

Polka Dots and Poetry

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Polka dot Shirt (Costa Blanca - gifted), Maroon Skirt (H&M), Suede Boots (Nine West), Bracelet + Handbag + Ring (gift), Necklace (Forever 21)

Every season I clean out my room and closet - donate clothes and items that I no longer use, but also get rid of things that don't hold the same meaning as they once did.

This time I've been reading a lot of my old journals and trying to decide whether to keep them or not, but in them I found some poetry that I once loved. Now that I'm older (and a bit wiser, I hope, hehe), I understand them better and from a much different perspective too. One of my favourite poems is by a Canadian author and writer, Margaret Atwood, called Variations On The Word 'Sleep'. It is beautiful and brings me to tears everytime.

I would like to watch you sleeping,which may not happen.I would like to watch you,sleeping. I would like to sleepwith you, to enteryour sleep as its smooth dark waveslides over my head
and walk with you through that lucentwavering forest of bluegreen leaveswith its watery sun & three moonstowards the cave where you must descend,towards your worst fear
I would like to give you the silverbranch, the small white flower, the oneword that will protect youfrom the grief at the centerof your dream, from the griefat the center. I would like to followyou up the long stairwayagain & becomethe boat that would row you backcarefully, a flamein two cupped handsto where your body liesbeside me, and you enterit as easily as breathing in
I would like to be the airthat inhabits you for a momentonly. I would like to be that unnoticed& that necessary.


Do you ever go through old journals or items from the past that you just can't throw away?

Workcation in Barbados

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Outfit Details: High-Low Dress (Sirens), Feather Earrings (Aldo Accessories), Pearl Bracelet Set (Joe Fresh)

I'm cheating a little today. This isn't really a style post, but I wanted to share photos from my week-long Barbados trip. It's a beautiful place and the weather was INCREDIBLE. I'm definitely sad about coming back to cold Toronto.

The reason behind this trip was to attend and teach a 3-day seminar on Search Engine Optimization and Social Media, held by the company I work for. We stayed at The Crane Residential Resort, which was a fantastic experience all on its own. The restaurants served great food, the swimming pools were fun, and the beach was amazing. Our seminar went really well; the people who attended seemed to have enjoyed it and provided us with good feedback.

Overall the workcation was great. I got to bond with my co-workers and met a lot of people (including our clients, as well as other professionals). However, I think my favourite part was going for a swim every day and actually being able to sleep in!

Enough talking, I mean…writing - here are some photos of the resort!
 

This was the view from my bedroom window. Amazing, right?

 

Here is a glimpse of the room I had at The Crane. I miss it already!

 

My bathroom was almost as big as my room.

 

Here is the beach!


I took this photo during one of my daily walks to the village area at The Crane. The pathways are surrounded by big, beautiful trees.


This is the patio of D'Onofrio's Trattoria, one of the four restaurants at The Crane.


 Loved Bar 1887, it was a nice place to relax and enjoy a drink or two.


The Crane has a lot of these cave-like tunnels with a stunning view.

Hope you enjoyed the photos. If you're feeling sad about the cold weather, just come back here again and it will make you feel better! :) As for a style post, I will try to have one up before the end of the week.

Toronto Fashion Week (Spring/Summer 2013)

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Dress (Dynamite) Black Suede Pumps (B.O.C. Shoes), Gold Necklace (thrifted), Purse + Bracelet (Forever 21), Ring (Butterfly Beads)

Guess what friends? I'm currently in Barbados for a big work conference with Spark Internet Marketing Corporation. It's very bright and sunny here. I realized that I hadn't shown you photos of World MasterCard Fashion Week (or Toronto Fashion Week) which just passed, so here I am, sharing my experience with you.

Out of all the outfits I wore last week, this was my favourite. The dress is a statement all on its own, so I knew I had to keep it simple with the accessories.

Toronto Fashion Week was great. The last time I attended was a couple of years ago, and while a lot has changed since, there are some things that remain the same. A lot of my blog readers and subscribers on YouTube ask me how to get involved and get known in fashion, and I have to say that it's a tough industry. If you're not confident, a little bit selfish, and willing to put yourself out there and introduce yourself to people, it's really hard for them to give a s***. If you believe in yourself and take pride in it, other people will believe it too. It's a bit harsh, but it's true, and it probably works this way in most industries. If you ever have any questions for me, feel free to e-mail me and I will be more than happy to chat with you.

On to the photos!


Here we are at the tents!


I got a photo with Taylor Ferri, a PR pro who I've been talking to online for a while and finally got to meet her at Toronto Fashion Week.


This was the Maybelline New York (Canada) booth. They had professional artists at the venue giving makeovers to attendees.


This lovely lady was at the Maybelline Canada booth each day, giving out free mascara to all attendees.


Caesarstone (Canada) was on-sight and unveiled new designs. They were giving away macaroons to represent each of the five new colours. I tried the milk chocolate one, it was delicious!


Nail bars are totally the thing this year, from being in conferences, to bar parties, and now at Toronto Fashion Week. Essie Canada was doing a fabulous job giving manicures to models backstage, as well as all attendees at the front.


Of course I had to get my nails done. In the photo above I'm wearing Essie's Leading Lady, which is part of the Winter 2012 collection. Love love love it!

That's all for now. I actually have a lot of photos from the fashion shows, but I'm not sure how I want to share them yet. Maybe a Flickr album? If you would like me to do a post on just the runway photos, let me know and I'll make it happen.

Now, I am going to enjoy a fresh coconut and sunbathe by The Crane Beach. Cheers!