Tag Archives: Spring

Zara Lookbook – May’13

10 May

For my Zara addicts.

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This is def my favorite outfit from the newest look book. I’m excited to try them on in person, although I anticipate they’ll be too long for me. Hopefully, won’t be too much of a problem to have them hemmed Floral Trousers:$59.50 CAD/Ankle Strap Sandals;$79.90 CAD

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Printed Jumpsuit: $59.90 CAD

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If you’re looking for a floral blazer, this one definitely rounds out the top 10.

Floral Blazer: $89.90/Tank:$19.90/White Fringe Shorts:$39.90

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Lace & Flower Print Shirt:$59.90/White Denim:$39.90

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I love this look. I love an outfit that is simply thrown on while still looking chic and feels so effortless. Jacquard Bomber:$99/ Printed Skirt:$45.90

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I don’t know how to explain my love for the matching printed top/shirt/blazer paired with the matching short. This one, with the beautiful paisley design is no exception

Printed Blazer:$79.90/ Printed Shorts:$39.90

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The skirt.

‘New York” Crop Top:$19.90/Crossover Skirt with Side Zip:$45.90

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I mean…it’s just getting better

Blazer:$79.90/Crop Top:$39.90/Shorts with Embroidery:$45.90 (Set also comes in a fuchsia pink)

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Crossover Print Top:$59.90/Shorts:$45.90

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Over-sized Sweater:$69.90/Suede City Bag:$79.90/Sunnies – check in store

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This kimono is everything.

Beaded & Embroidered Kimono:$199/Fringed Shorts:$39.90

For all the new releases, and of course for our Canadian audience to now purchase online (Yay!) Click here

Happy shopping!

– J&K

Style Feature – Beau & Ashe

8 Apr

Shoes!

Have I gotten your attention? I came across this brand whilst ordering a pair of sneakers on one of my new favorite websites shoedazzle.com

Shoedazzle.com, led by new chief stylist Rachel Zoe (name sound familiar?) is one of the most fabolous show-room style websites catering to fashionable women who love fashion and of course, shoes! Launched in 2009, Shoe Dazzle is dedicated to giving women access to your own unique showroom shaped by your personal style. Don’t have hundreds of dollars to blow on that trendy pair of pumps? No problem. Most of the shoes on Shoedazzle.com are under $60 and feature brands such as Chinese Laundry and of course – Beau & Ashe. I was quickly engaged by Beau & Ashe after setting my eyes on a pair of studded sneakers that I just had to have for the spring. Like any blogger with fashion on the mind, I looked them up and have included some of my favorite picks. Beau & Ashe are extremely new to the shoe game; based out of Los Angeles, B&A draws their inspiration from Bohemian and British Punk styles, mixed with a bit of Cali and Lower East Side New York. Who can guess which pair I’m ordering next?
-K

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Outfit of the day: Winter be gone!

18 Mar

Hey lovelies!!

Hope you are all doing fabulous! Aren’t you excited for this snow to be finally gone? I cannot wait to stop wearing my coat and show off all the spring styles that are currently being kept in the corner of my closet haha. I try wearing it out time to time but I end up getting so cold plus I get the ol’ “isn’t it too cold for you to be wearing that?” Ha! Anyways, darlings now that hibernation season is coming to an end I am so ecstatic to get the fun colours out and finally be able to wear a flat or two outside.

Talk soon! 🙂

J xx

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Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger
Sweater: J.Crew
Jeans: BDG
Heels: Christian Louboutin
Bag: Zara
Watch: MK
Bracelet: From A to Zane boutique
Ring: vintage from Brasil

March Motivation!

2 Mar

Every day is a chance for a new beginning, but there’s just something about the beginning of the month, isn’t there? March, to me (K) signifies the true coming of Spring. Before you know it, I’ll realize that I haven’t had the need to wear my winter jacket in a week, the salt on my boots will fade, and my gloves will feel rather lonely at the bottom of my purse. I’ll find myself shedding layers, losing the thick knit scarf, and Oh! What is this?! A winter pudge? It’s time to get back in shape ladies. Remember that promise you made to yourself about going back to the gym and eating better? Yeah..that one. Hold yourself to it!

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There’s a buzz in the air, windows are being filled with bright colors and prints, dresses, skirts, and those super cute skinny jeans; perfect for cuffing on the bottom and rocking that fitted top at Zara you’ve had your eye on. We all know the feeling of not being confident enough to wear something we love because of recent weight gain, or simply not being in the shape you once were. Last year was the first year that I personally was confident enough to wear shorts outside of my bedroom. Spring was rolling around, and I committed to a better lifestyle. No diets. I wanted to get rid of the heavy feeling I had after eating, become more active and lose my muffin top and slim my thighs. I am just under 5 feet tall, so I have a small torso where all my weight tends to gather. Spin classes, weight training, and good ol’ fashioned running helped me to lose 18 pounds. However, the biggest change I made was in my eating habits. No soda. No juice. Much less sugar and dairy products and more vegetables. There are so many healthy alternatives, and while I still indulge in my love of chocolate (which I’ll never give up), a cheeseburger here and there and ice cream. It’s all about balance and being aware of what you’re putting into your body. I still live my life, I just don’t mindlessly eat whatever is placed in front of me – I am conscious of what’s in my food

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Spring into action, and get moving! My take on weight loss and overall health is pretty simple. Move more, eat greens, consume less sugar and salt, and don’t completely deprive yourself of the foods you love. Living a healthy life is it’s own reward. Feeling good inside will always reflect on the outside. You not only feel lighter, but your immune system becomes stronger, you make better decisions, and your stress level is down! Who doesn’t want that? But you do have to work for it, and it isn’t easy; especially in the beginning. If you don’t actually want to change your life and your body, nothing will work. The first step is deciding that you won’t settle for less than what you feel you deserve from your body. Your state of mind must be in shape before your body can get into shape. Take it from the people we watch the most; celebrities! They are people just like you and I, they gain weight and lose weight just like us; but one of the biggest differences between most celebrities and common folk (like me., haha) is that they have a relentless desire to maintain their figures – not only for the obvious reasons such as movie roles, photo shoots, and appearances; but because they feel and perform best when their health is in check and their bodies are at their highest potential.

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What motivates you to get off your office chair and get into the gym? What foods do you find help to lift your mood and maintain a healthy lifestyle? Please share!

Kathleen

Style Feature – Oscar De La Renta & Spring 2013

18 Jan

So? Thoughts? Here are just a few pieces of Oscar De La Renta’s Spring 2013 line.  At first glance, there isn’t anything that is absolutely mind-blowing, but then again we are talking La Renta here, not Lady Gaga. The Spring ’13 line brings a mix of a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. High waisted skirts, reminiscent of the 1960’s, however he’s skipped out on the greys and threw on bold colors such as fuchsia and canary yellow, as well as vivid patterns that can easily get you noticed at the Vogue offices come Monday morning. (Then again, you’d have to dress to be noticed every single day at the Vogue offices..talk about pressure)

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Oscar de la Renta, originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,  grew up in a middle class household alongside 6 sisters. At the ripe age of 18, he found a passion for painting and left for Madrid. Oscar had initially dreamt of becoming an abstract painter, (perhaps a modern-day Picasso?) however could not resist the lure of fashion design and his illustrations quickly opened doors and windows for him, when he landed an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga. Cristobal clearly made an impression on him, taught him all the tricks of the trade, because it wasn’t too much later that Oscar landed a position as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris in 1961. (Oh hey, I’m friends with Cristobal Balenciaga and Jeanne Lanvin, no biggie)

De la Renta also served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for  5 years, and was lucky enough to meet his first wife Francoise de Langlade in 1967. Francoise was the editor-in-chief of French Vogue at the time and introduced her husband to the most influential members of the fashion society. (Talk about who you know!)

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By the time the early 2000’s rolled around,  de la Renta’s designs had become the preferred wear of the American first ladies, with the likes of Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush.  Oscar de la Renta was behind the designs of the haute couture collection for the house of Balmain, which made him the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. With so many hats on, de la Renta has never forgotten his roots, or where he came from; founding the Casa del Nino Orphanage in La Romana,  and remaining to this day an Ambassador-At-Large of the Dominican Republic, he continues to give back.

Oscar de la Renta is a big fan of ruffles, luxurious fabrics, color, and of course gowns and evening wear -Hello! Jessica Alba at the Golden Globes! A personal favorite of well known celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker (she was on this little show called Sex and The City, have you heard of it? Haha), Anna Wintour, Julianne Moore and Penelope Cruz.  His classic designs alongside his inspiration from the arts reflect in his work, and his newest collection shows just that! What are your favorite pieces?

xo Kathleen

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24 Apr

Hey.

So after literally waiting a month to be able to see Corain. He was able to visit me for 2 short but very sweet days, and this is what I wore out to pick him up at the bus terminal. The weather was pretty rainy and cold, so I sported one of my absolute fav trenches from Armani Exchange with a light sweater from Forever 21, Levi jeans, and a pair of chunky brown booties from INC. We ended up just getting some light dinner, and heading home to watch movies. I LOVE being a couple

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This is my declaration.

19 Apr

Lovelies,

Let me just say my purse obsession is no longer. Probably because I will not settle for anything less than Prada or YSL, even Givenchy for that matter. I’m all about the classics so I will dish the money for a classic piece that will last me a lifetime. Yes, Chanel is on my classic list too but now I’m just getting greedy. Regardless, I’ve found myself in love.. with HEELS. I am truly, undeniably, passionately OBSESSED with heels. I cannot stop looking at all the beautiful heels that are blooming this spring. Check out my current faves that are a) classic b) the current spring trend

Julie xx

Easter Sunday – Hold the eggs

9 Apr

Happy Easter! Today my mom and I went out to church, which was so refreshing seeing as I pretty much have been unable to celebrate Easter with her for the past 2 years due to here being away in the Philippines one year, and then in New York the next. Easter is definitely the time to show off those beautiful spring colors including pastels, so I decided to wear these light denim skinny jeans paired with this fab new top from H&M which is one of my absolute favs. A beautiful peplum style top in this off pink cream-ish color with an orange cardigan. I also got to wear my beaded Peter pan collar I picked up at Zara in New York. My mother attempted taking some pictures of me outside and it failed miserably so I don’t have much, however Church was great. We picked up some fresh fruit and made an amazing fruit salad (with silken tofu, might I add !) and had a quiet dinner. Hope everyone else’s Easter was blessed! ….

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Mani Mania

8 Apr

Loving this new color by Essie. It’s called “Lapiz of Luxury” and it’s the most perfect pastel blue without being too bright or overdone (although I like those as well) I’ve been digging the one nail being a different color lately, but instead of a different shade. I swiped on some “A Cut Above” which is a really gorge chunky pink sparkle coat from Essie’s Luxe Effects collection on the one nail to mix it up. Enjoy !

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