#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

#OOTD: Cozy Cool…and Another Year Older

Cozy CoolToday is my birthday, but funnily enough, growing up I always longed for a summer birthday…my envy for fellow classmates whose June or July birthdays allowed for backyard bbq’s or amusement park parties led to a bit of resentment for my winter birthday month. Not only were indoor activities a given, but freezing my tushy off wasn’t all that fun when celebrating. Now, that resentment has turned into pure excitement, and I have fashion to thank. I may not be frolicking in cute beachwear to ring in my February birthday (in Vancouver), but this season provides so many cute coats and layering outerwear to play with. Take this Sandro coat I purchased last winter, which has turned into one of my best purchases to date.

Cozy Cool

Cozy CoolCozy CoolCozy CoolI pined for this baby for close to 6 months before scoring it at an end-of-season sale. It’s one of those coats that can easily be worn dressed up with a skirt and heels, or dressed down with jeans and some cute sneakers. I love the silver hardware mixed with the different textures of leather and fur on an otherwise standard a-line silhouette with a hood- it provides an edgy yet classic feel. In this birthday OOTD, I wanted to showcase exactly that, an outfit that’s somewhere in the middle between casual and elevated. Plaid sweatpants with booties anyone?? This combo somehow works when paired with some metallic accessories like this clutch (one of my favourites that I wear ALL the time), and a pretty handkerchief scarf. And the best part is I am still warm!

Cozy Cool

Cozy CoolCozy CoolCozy can be cool…it’s just a matter of finding some killer outerwear and adding some standout pieces.

Now where’s that birthday cake????? xx

Cozy Cool

 

 Outfit details: Sandro coat- Hudson’s Bay, black sweater- H&M, plaid wool sweatpants- Zara, patent-leather booties- Winners, handkerchief scarf- Value Village, silver clutch- Town Shoes.

~ All photography by Isaac Wray. ~

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