#OOTD: Tonal Texture

#OOTD: Tonal TextureWe’ve had some pretty NASTY rain on and off in Vancouver these last few weeks, and despite having spring right around the corner, it sure doesn’t feel like it. Maybe it’s my Persian blood talking, but if it feels as cold as it has been, there’s no way I’m ditching my warm outerwear, no matter what month it is! However, a conundrum still remains: despite it not feeling like spring, the longing for spring colours is still there. Enter this textured fuzzy coat in this neutral tone. There’s something fantastical about a piece that reminds you both of high fashion and the Muppets, isn’t there?! This beauty of a coat does exactly that, and all for only $30, yep you read that right! More on that in a minute…

#OOTD: Tonal Texture

#OOTD: Tonal TextureI had seen these fuzzy, Muppet-like coats on the runways the last few seasons, as well as on the top European fashion bloggers, but despite being immediately drawn to them, I wasn’t sure if my petite five-foot frame could sport them without looking like cookie monster’s long lost cousin…not the cute one either. So my heart kept longing for one of these terrifically textured babies for my closet, I even tried on a few different varieties, but it always ended the same, with me putting them back on the rack. It wasn’t until I saw this one on clearance at Forever 21 did I take the plunge.

#OOTD: Tonal TextureYes, the super affordable price made it easy to consider, but believe it or not, it was also because it was the first one I had tried on that had ANY shape. All the others were in that cocoon boxy shape, which may look great hanging off a tall waif model, but any girl with an actual figure ends up looking like a bit of a mess. This one was cut closer to the body, going in at the waist, and flaring slightly out. And the fabric was thinner than the previously heavier versions I had tried on. I also loved how the beige colour of the coat was the perfect neutral tone to go with multiple things in my wardrobe. Did I mention it was also only $30??? Score.

#OOTD: Tonal Texture#OOTD: Tonal TextureTo counterbalance the heaviness of the coat, I wanted to pair it with lady-like vintage pieces. This polyester printed blouse came straight from my mom’s closet (purchased in the mid-1970’s), and this saddle cross-body bag I got from an amazing vintage store in Portland, Oregon. I had almost forgotten about this bag until the Chloé “Drew” bag recently revitalized the popular handbag silhouettes of the 1970’s, propelling imitations everywhere. Seeing these bags in almost every retailer this last year reminded me to bring this bag out from the back of my closet…I figure if you can’t afford a Chloé, a vintage bag is the next best thing! The jeans are the perfect feminine stretch skinnies jeans, finished off with my favourite nude pumps. Call it “Working Girl” meets street-style!

#OOTD: Tonal Texture#OOTD: Tonal TextureSo tell me, would you sport a perfectly textured Muppet coat? 😉

Outfit details: Textured fuzzy coat- Forever 21, printed blouse- vintage (mom’s closet), denim skinny jeans- AG Jeans from Nordstrom, leather saddle bag- vintage, Saint Laurent nude pumps- Holt Renfrew

Transitional Styling with StreetScout.Me

This time of the year is one of my favourites. Warmer weather means ditching bulky winter coats, but spring breezes along with cool nights means the substitute is chic layered pieces that doesn’t make you feel too hot. As someone who could be classified as blazer-obsessed, I love finding new patterns and colours in this classic shape that elevate it from business to fashion-forward. Plus, it’s my go-to item for creating the perfect spring look that can be both casual yet sophisticated.

To showcase this perfect transitional piece, I teamed up with my favourite local street style photographers, StreetScout.Me, led by the talented dynamic duo (in both life and in business) Sabrina Fenster and Jeremy Levy. Coming from marketing and fashion editorial backgrounds, StreetScout.Me was created to showcase the realistic side of fashion, and show the rest of Canada just how relatable fashion actually can be. I’d say that’s a mandate after my own heart! Sabrina’s older brother is a good friend and broadcasting colleague of mine, and was my principal videographer/editor of the show I created, West Coast Style. For so long I’ve been hoping to collaborate with his equally as creative sister, and was so happy to finally make it happen now that Sabrina and Jeremy call Vancouver home. You may have seen their shots on recognizable publications such as Fashion Magazine, but here is our transitional styling shoot:

 

Lord & Taylor tartan blazer from Hudson’s Bay, Target chambray shirt, BCBG Max Azria leather leggings, J.Crew statement necklace, Ever New pony hair leopard print smoking slippers, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel, gold rings from Winners, sparkle studs from Forever 21, and Ray Ban sunglasses from Sunglasses Hut.

Aren’t these shots AH-MAZING??? A big thank you to StreetScout.Me!

Animal Instincts

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_IGP3611OUTFIT DETAILS || Urban Outfitters hat, Forever 21 leopard-print coat, H&M sweater, J Brand Oxblood Coated Skinnies (bought at Hudson’s Bay), Dolce Vita leather booties, Banana Republic gold chain necklace, Stella and Dot “Renegade Cluster” bracelet, Michael Kors watch and 3.1 Phillip Lim “Pashli” satchel. Photography by Mitra Mansour.

When the sun comes out in Vancouver, just like a caged animal that’s given it’s first taste of freedom, I can’t wait to go outside. I am not a rainy weather person at all (I blame my Middle Eastern blood), and after living in Vancouver for 27 years, you’d think I would have adapted to our wet West Coast winters, but it’s quite the opposite. That’s why when the sun peered its glorious head this week,  I had to take full advantage with a stroll in my Kitsilano neighbourhood, which also meant a chance to ditch my scarf and gloves for the first time all year- yes! In keeping with what seemed like a caged animal mindset for weeks, I pulled out my favourite coat purchase from this last season to finish off my outfit of the day: an affordable leopard-print coat from Forever 21 that’s actually quite light-weight, perfect for the changing seasons. Spring is on its way folks!