Cropped Corporate

Cropped CorporateJune in Vancouver is notorious for having unruly weather…one minute it’s nice and summery, the next, it’s cold and wet. And if the last week or so is any indication, June sure has been standing up to it’s “Juneuary” moniker. For a casual outfit, the fix is easy, throw on a leather moto or a military jacket, some cute booties and you’re off. But what about a work wear ensemble? Wearing a coat or even a trench can be too warm, but wearing too little and your freezing all day. This #OOTD is the perfect solution to both, stylish, airy and work appropriate, but warm enough for those grey June days.

Cropped CorporateCropped CorporateI was recently inspired by Chanel’s 2017 Cruise collection, presented in Havana, Cuba at the beginning of May. A historical occasion, not only for the fact it was the first time an international fashion line was presenting there in decades, but also because it paid an homage to the vintage Cubano gentlemen style of the 1950’s, filled with cropped jackets, wide-leg pants and lots of fabulous neck ties. And that’s exactly where I took my inspiration from for this work wear ensemble, mixing a bit of high and low, with a few thrift pieces thrown in (duh!).

Cropped CorporateCropped CorporateThis cropped tuxedo jacket is such a great addition to any closet, not only can it be worn dressed up or down, but it’s a great layering piece to dresses and midi skirts (especially vital for any petite or short-torso gals like me). This jacket also makes for the perfect layering piece for the unpredictable June weather, but can easily be taken off to just have the blouse and gingham pants work well alone.

Cropped CorporateCropped CorporateWith any black and white ensemble, I always love injecting a pop of colour, since the neutrality of those two shades together work perfectly as a backdrop to any colour in the rainbow. This time it came in the form of a deep red pony hair and leather handbag, from the Flare x Aldo Fall 2012 collection designed by one of my favourite Canadian stylists, Elizabeth Cabral. I will forever love this bag, and I still get compliments on it too!

Summer’s heat may be still MIA, but we might as well look good while we wait patiently for its reappearance. 😉

Cropped Corporate

 Outfit details: Cropped jacket- Alexander Wang from The Room at Hudson’s Bay, white blouse with black neck tie- Forever 21, gingham flared trousers- Zara, black leather belt, brooch and black suede pumps- Value Village, red pony hair/leather handbag- Flare x Aldo collection.

~ All photography by Isaac Wray. ~

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples

Hello June! Although summer is just around the corner, in Vancouver we ushered the new month this week with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. June has traditionally always been a fickle month, one minute it’s hot and sunny, the next minute you’re wondering if we’re back in dreary March. That’s why on weeks like this I always resort to my favourite spring/summer staples- a structured blazer over a blouse, killer distressed boyfriend jeans and sleek pumps. This combo works perfectly for June’s unpredictable weather, while always being chic with that little bit of edge. It also makes for a killer night on the town outfit- BONUS.

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples When recreating this outfit, I recommend investing in the blazer more so than the other pieces, especially since you can now find great-fitting trendy distressed denim at many fast fashion retailers. I love this pair found at Zara, and you can’t beat the $49.99 price tag. For investment blazers, Judith and Charles, Aritzia and Club Monaco are my top choices.

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples

 OUTFIT DETAILS || Blazer and distressed boyfriend jeans: Zara, Blouse: Peter Pilotto x Target (no longer available), Black suede pumps: Kelsi Dagger (purchased at the Army & Navy shoe sale!), Neon satchel: ASOS, statement necklace: vintage. All photography by Streetscout.Me.

To capture my favourite spring/summer wardrobe stables for this post, I collaborated once again with my favourite streetstyle photographers, Sabrina and Jeremy from Streetscout.Me. They always know how to make any outfit shine, and have spent the last few years capturing some of Vancouver’s most stylish people on their awesome website. Here is just a taste…

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples The beautiful Randa Salloum from The Unprecedented captured by Streetscout.Me.

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples

The immensely stylish Sue Randhawa from The Optical Boutique captured by Streetscout.Me.

Streetscouted: Spring/Summer Wardrobe Staples

 The dynamic duo of Streetscout.Me, Sabrina and Jeremy!

And now for some exciting news. Right now Streetscout.Me are holding a great contest with Robson Street! For the month of June, they will be street scouting the most stylish strangers on Robson Street to be featured on their website, as well as on the Robson Street blog. The most fashionably dressed will also be rewarded with $50 gift cards each week to one of Robson Street’s retailers. Find out more information and when they will be hitting Robson Street (camera in tow!) here.

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!

TREND ALERT: The Sweatshirt, 2 Ways

This cozy classic is no longer reserved for the gym or lazy Sundays on the couch. As countless recent fashion runways and magazines have attested, the sweatshirt has now transitioned into a stylish staple, seen paired with pencil trousers, leather pants, and even sequined skirts for an easy way to create some contrast amongst bolder dressy pieces. But the sweatshirt has also gotten an update of its own, with either fun prints, embellishments or silk or leather accents, giving a whole new meaning to just “putting on a sweatshirt and jeans”. I recently did a photo-shoot demonstrating two ways to wear a printed sweatshirt, the now popular “Love and Soul” sweatshirt from Army and Navy. The first look is a bit more dressed up (Date-night), and the other is more casual (Drinks with Friends).

Look #1, Date-Night:

Army and Navy Sweatshirt, Gap plaid skirt (old), Zara booties, vintage clutch, Barefoot Contessa statement necklace

Army and Navy Sweatshirt, Gap plaid skirt (old), Zara booties, vintage clutch,
Barefoot Contessa statement necklace

Stella and Dot gold link bracelet, J.Crew gold pave chain bracelet

Stella and Dot gold link bracelet, J.Crew gold pave chain bracelet

Photography by  Mitra Mansour

Photography by Mitra Mansour

Photography by  Mitra Mansour

Photography by Mitra Mansour

 

Look #2, Drinks with Friends:

Army and Navy Sweatshirt, Zara moto leather jacket, Zara camo skinnies, Calvin Klein leopard pumps (from Hudson’s Bay), Town Shoes silver metallic clutch, vintage costume necklace

Army and Navy Sweatshirt, Zara moto leather jacket, Zara camo skinnies, Calvin Klein leopard pumps (from Hudson’s Bay), Town Shoes silver metallic clutch, vintage costume necklace

Photography by  Mitra Mansour

Photography by Mitra Mansour

Photography by  Mitra Mansour

Photography by Mitra Mansour