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.