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In FASHION on
May 17, 2016

feeling bright

casual summer dress

I completely took advantage of the warm temperatures last week and was loving feeling bright in all my summer clothes. I even have some burnt shoulders to prove it (oops!). Although the past couple of days have been a bit of a downer weather wise… let me remind you that the temperature is only going to go back up!

Lately I have been feeling very casual when it comes to styling outfits and comfort is always on my mind. I have many dresses in my wardrobe that I have worn for more formal occasions which then end up remaining there until the next formal occasion. Thinking about this, I inspired myself to style some of these dresses for a more casual setting.

I paired this bright and floral summer dress from Winners with a plain t-shirt along these lace up Oxford’s from Zara to create a funky yet casual vibe. I felt that adding the plain shirt under the tank dress immediately dressed the outfit down. Also, pairing the look with a flat shoe versus a heel was what perfected the outfit.

casual summer dress

casual summer dress

casual summer dress

casual summer dress
casual summer dress

casual summer dress

casual summer dress

What do you all think about dressing down dresses? Do you struggle to repurpose dresses after wearing them once?

Drop me a message!  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

OUTFIT DETAILS//

Dress: Winners // Shoes: Zara (similar here) // T-Shirt: Marshalls Canada // Sunglass: Ray Ban (similar here)

love from bella

In FASHION on
May 10, 2016

like a boss

business casual look

There’s something about a good pair of fancy pants. You know, the ones that you put on and automatically make you feel 10 times more professional? For me, when I put on my fancy pants I immediately feel like a boss- ready to tackle that day. 

I personally believe that it’s better to over dress than under dress and always dress the part. Even in a more casual work environment where there is no need for a complete suit and heals, I find myself feeling more alert and ready to get things accomplished that day if I am dressing the part- wearing my fancy pants.

For those reading that work in a casual atmosphere and are not sure how comfortable they are with dressing more formally for work, do not stress- I promise it is simple. When stressing, think of the words mix and match. What I mean by this is mix a casual piece with a more formal piece. I dressed down my fancy pants with a casual white t-shirt along with some more edgy heals. Another suggestion is pairing a dress with lace up flats like these or a trendier pair of sneakers like these.

business casual look

like a boss

business casual look

business casual look

business casual look

OUTFIT DETAILS- 

Pants: Cynthia Rowley from Winners // Top: Marshalls Canada // Shoes: Kenneth Cole // Shades: Fossil

How do you feel about these styling suggestions? Do you think that you are now ready to dress the part and feel like a boss? 😀

love from bella

In FASHION on
May 4, 2016

being bold

statement pants

 

The fashion world is big and for many it can often be overwhelming to take it all in. It is always changing and often forcing you to evolve within your personal style. With that said I think it can still be easy to play it safe and stick to what you know. Only taking small risks with trends that are well known and considered “cool”. I personally have always enjoyed playing around with my personal style; wearing things just a little differently than everyone else. The more I became interested in fashion the more I realized that being bold with certain outfits or just a single piece in an outfit can be super fun and thrilling. 

I purchased these pants because I really loved the flow of the overall structure of them. Being oversized and super comfortable was also an added bonus. The only moment of question I had when considering the purchase of these pants was in regards to the overall pattern. Was it too bold? How would I style them in a way that would allow me to remain feeling myself? All questioning a side I decided to make the purchase knowing that I would find a way, knowing that it would be good to be a little bold. 

Getting out of your comfort zone to explore your own personal style within this big world of fashion may be crazy to think about but I recommend giving it a try if you are curious. Even if it’s testing out a current trend that has caught your eye; you’ll never know until you try it. You know I always tell you to make your own rules and have fun, so go out and do it! The other tip of advice I can give to you is to feel confident no matter what. No one is going to question you if you look like you feel confident in what you are wearing, even if it’s a little bold. 

statement pants

statement pants

statement pants

statement pants

statement pants

OUTFIT DETAILS

Blouse: Paper Crane // Pants: H&M // Shoes: Tahari // Sunglasses: Vintage Ray Bans (similar here)

Thanks for stopping by!

love from bella

In FASHION on
April 26, 2016

back to black

knee high boot outfit

With the weather still flipping and flopping I have been slowly transitioning my wardrobe. I have this weird association with warm weather and colour. Any time the weather goes around 20 degrees celsius or higher I wear colour and a lot of it. Any temperature below that 20 degree mark- you’ll find me wearing dark shades. This weekend the weather went back to cooler temps which meant back to black for me.

When the weather isn’t working in my favour I can always count on a black and white outfit to leave me feeling comfortable and put together.  For those who follow along on my posts on a regular basis know that I love the combination of black and white. If you have yet to learn about this love affair you can read about it here.

Knee high boots leave me feeling sassy yet classy. When you do not want to show too much leg while the temperatures are still cooler, this footwear option is a great choice. A personal favourite style choice for knee-high boots is pairing them with a mini skirt and a beautiful blouse. Showing off just a little bit of leg adds some sass to your look while the feminine touches of a lovely blouse adds the class.

knee high boot outfit

knee high boot outfit

back to black

knee high boot outfit

Outfit Details-

Blouse: Banana Republic // Skirt: H&M // Boots: Zara // Sunglasses: Fossil

Are you as eager as I am to start dressing more for spring? How are you dealing with the awkward temps?

Let me know… you know I love to hear from you!

love from bella

 

 

In FASHION on
April 21, 2016

history of the canadian tuxedo- a bloggers perspective

canadian tuxedo

In 2001 two famous pop stars decided to walk the red carpet of the American Music Awards in matching outfits, this was shocking to many. Unfortunately the couple is no longer together, but their style choice from this red carpet appearance will never be forgotten. Thank you Justin Timberlake and Brittany Spears for introducing us to the Canadian Tuxedo. Many may be wondering why this denim on denim look is called the Canadian Tuxedo so today; I am here to shed some light on this question. 

I may slightly break your heart with the news I am about to share regarding the history of the Canadian Tuxedo, but trust me- it needs to be known. Although it would have been completely awesome to say that Justin and Brittany were the first to rock the trend of the Canadian Tuxedo, I would be lying if I stated that. Truth is another famous musical artist can take this title. Bing Crosby, a famous crooner from the 50’s decided to enter an upscale hotel in Vancouver Canada sporting the denim on denim look. Shockingly, he was nearly rejected due to his outfit choice. Eventually this news got out and into the right hands – the hands of famous denim manufacturer Levis Straus. When Levi Straus heard of the unfortunate occurrence which had happened to Bing, they were quick to send a specially designed, all denim Tuxedo to Bing Crosby. Because this event had happened in Canada the Canadian Tuxedo was born. 

Even though Timberlake and Spears are sadly not the first to sport this look, I would like to think that they were inspired by Bing and wanted to revolutionize Bing’s take on the style.

Although this trend may not be a go to choice for your #ootd (outfit of the day), I am sure that we can all agree recently noticing this style gaining popularity. Did you see Katy Perry rock the look at the MTV awards? I will admit that it took me some time to try out this trend, not being able to find the perfect denim button down and unsure of what shoes and accessories to style it with. Today, I am ready to share my take on the Canadian Tuxedo.

Styled with contrasting shades of denim and neutral booties along with a statement bomber jacket, I felt like I perfected the look. What’s fun about this trend is you can still make it your own; it is so easy to style because you are pairing a basic piece on top of another. Like I always tell you, make your own rules and accessorize and style this trend in the best way that expresses your own personal style. 

canadian tuxedo

canadian tuxedo

canadian tuxedo

canadian tuxedo

canadian tuxedo

SHOP FOR YOUR OWN CANADIAN TUX:

Current Favourite denim button ups: here and here

Jeans I would style with: these, these and these

What do you think about the Canadian Tuxedo? Did you already know that Bing Crosby was the one to create this everlasting trend?

Let me know… you know I love to hear from you!

love from bella

In FASHION on
April 12, 2016

black and white is always right

black and white outfit

I am a simple girl. As much as I enjoy things that are aesthetically pleasing and different from the norm, I will never get tired of timeless, classic yet simple styles. Black and white is chic, it is clean, and it is simple. Black and white has always been a go to combination for me when putting together an outfit. Over the years as fashion continues to evolve, black and white continues to be seen, year after year, season after season. The combination of black and white is timeless; it is style that will last forever.

black and white outfit

When spring weather arrives we often decide that the bold colours and big prints should dominate our spring wardrobe – but not always. Don’t get me wrong I love to work with colours and bold fashion but black and white is an every season colour combo, including spring. Look for larger prints or bold stripes combined with a monochrome alternate. Combinations like this allow you to slip right from the office into an evening on the town, something not all of the bold and bright options can do as well.

black and white outfit

Love to accessorize, black and white means you never have to worry that you are styling your outfit wrong. Anything and everything goes with black and white. Whether it’s a bold bright red necklace or a cheetah print hand bag, do not worry, you are doing it right. The same outfit can look entirely fresh when accessorized differently.

black and white outfit

As much as I love playing around with my style, along with wearing bright and bold patterns during these sunny seasons, I will always come back to black and white. There is something about black and white that makes me feel put together, even if the look includes destroyed denim and an oversized sweater. I know when putting an outfit together, no matter the pieces I’m styling, black and white is always right.

black and white outfit

black and white

How do you feel about black and white? How do you fit this everlasting trend into your style?

Let me know. You know I love to hear from you!

love from bella

 

OUTFIT DETAILS-

Shoes: Winners // Pants: Zara (similar here) // Blouse: Zara // Sunglasses: Thrifting Find