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In FASHION on
June 21, 2016

urban summer

summer basics

We are currently experiencing a heat wave here in Montreal and I am not complaining. Luckily enough I have access to water sources and all my boyfriends baggy t-shirts to help keep me cool.

Keeping cool often means dressing casual which is usually quite all right with me. Jeans and t-shirts will forever be staples in my wardrobe no matter the season; I feel like the opportunities are endless. Pairing simple basics with a heal or more of a statement shoe is one way to amp up any look.

I paired my current favourite boyfriend style shorts along with my actual boyfriends basic t-shirt and dressed up the look by adding another favourite item, the most comfortable Michael Kors wedges.

summer basics

 

OUTFIT DETAILS//

Shorts: Buffalo // Wedges: Michael Kors // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Coin Pouch: Cuban Market Find

 

How do you keep cool and still dress in style during the summer? Do you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Let me know…. you know I love to hear from you!

xx Bella 

In FASHION on
June 9, 2016

casual funk

This week has been unseasonably chilly and it most definitely caught me off guard. Considering last weeks posts had me blabbing on about the hot temperatures we have been experiencing here in Montreal. With this said, I am not going to reflect on the negative but think about the positive; the upcoming warm temperatures this weekend.

Having fun with my style on the weekend is something I look forward to and when the sun is out and the weather is hot I feel even more open to explore my style. Playing around with outfit ideas for the upcoming week and my blog posts really ignites a fire within my soul but I know it’s easier said than done. I understand that pairing bold patterns and bright colours doesn’t always file under “comfort zone” for everyone but if you are curious about having fun with some outfits of your own I recommend trying it out with casual weekend fashion first.

As the weekend is quickly rolling in, I’ll leave you with a casual yet funky take on my weekend wear. Funky and bold patterned top, ripped boyfriend jeans and the staple shoe of the season; a white simple white sneaker.

ripped boyfriend jeans

ripped boyfriend jeans

ripped boyfriend jeans

ripped boyfriend jeans

ripped boyfriend jeans

OUTFIT DETAILS // 

Top: Zara // Boyfriend Jeans: Zara // Sneakers: Sam Edelman Circus

xx Bella

In FASHION on
April 14, 2016

my two cents: 70s comeback

70s fashion trends

Those of you who follow fashion know by now that fashion moves in a circular pattern; You know trends come and go. If there was a trend you loved that is no more, don’t be sad – you will see it again someday. As evidence, I think that a certain influential decade is again currently trending like crazy.

I suspect the majority of you reading this post probably did not live in the time period I am talking about. Yet it still has had an impact on you, an impact with enough influence to effect how we currently dress. Wide leg silhouettes, bold striped patterns and off the shoulder blouses. These styles are not new, they have been revived. These styles, back and in full view, are evidence that we are currently experiencing a 70’s comeback.

70's fashion trend

Although many may think that we are far from the 70’s and find the period hard to relate to, I will tell you why this is far from true. Many of us will remember television shows like “That 70’s show”, 70’s disco music gave rise to dance-hall music and Hollywood joined in with movie classics like “The Spy Who Shagged Me” a spoof on 70’s spy movies. We are the sons and daughters of those who did live through this decade and they were, without question, a major influence on us.

70s fashion trends

Despite all the technological advancements we currently enjoy (including many selfies). I think we are still very connected to the 70’s in more ways than just fashion trends. The 70’s were a time of change. The women’s liberation movement led to current feminism, environment issues emerged and the first personal computers of the seventies led to our current cell phones. People felt freer to express themselves and be whoever they wanted to be. Tell me that this is not so similar to our current decade? We grew up encouraged by our parents to be whoever we would like to be. Along with this evolving individuality, no one reading this can deny, that our current culture continues to focus on technological growth, personal rights like feminism and environmental issues that I believe was inspired from the 70’s.

70s fashion trends

Not only was the 70’s a time to “fight for you right”, but it was also a time to party. Think about all the amazing music that was produced during this time period. This was arguably the golden time for musicians to express themselves in ways that had not been seen before. Classic rock remains one of the most preferred genres of music, who among us doesn’t like to “rock on” to Sweet Home Alabama or Stairway to Heaven. Although I sometimes wonder if we’ll ever be able to recreate the musical magic of the 70’s, we still can celebrate it today. Think music festivals. They started in the 60’s to gather people all together to free their soul and became popularized in the 70’s. Such music festivals are becoming more and more popular today (sorry if this is a reminder that you aren’t going to Coachella) The music genres may have changed, but to this day, we are still influenced by these musical events that were created in the 70’s.

70s fashion trends

I can’t complete this post without talking a little more about the impact the 70’s made on the fashion industry; it is pretty major. Seventies fashion is reviving itself through retro floral patterns and leather satchels. More and more I notice 70’s inspired bell-bottoms, structured wide legged pants, bold and bright symmetrical patterns and my current favourite – off the shoulder blouses. I can’t help but feel lovely when I wear this blush pink one.

What excites me the most about this decades impact on our lives, is the whole idea of being free. I’ve said it before in past posts, fashion to me is about individuality and self-expression – wear what you wish and be who you want to be. The seventies were all about these ideas and I am so happy we are celebrating that again.

70s fashion trends

I put together a little slideshow of a few of my current 70’s inspired items. Take a look… maybe you’ll find something you love!

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How do you feel about this current 70s comeback? Is there a retro trend you are currently loving?

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

love from bella

In FASHION on
March 29, 2016

how to: culottes

how to wear culottes

For all of you reading this post that live and breath fashion like I, I am sure you are also following this super retro trend that has been taking over city streets and your current Instagram feed.  The trend that is telling us to wear our pants completely opposite to what we have known before. This fashion trend I am talking about is culottes. For those of you who are not yet currently in the know, fear no more.

Culottes are not a totally new trend.  As we experience multiple seasons in the fashion world’s cycle, we have seen it take over the past fall, winter and now this spring season’s trends. This trend has been revived from the 70’s and is totally taking over and I believe that it will continue to do so for quite a bit longer.

how to wear culottes

While many are unsure of this current trend, I am very certain about my feelings. I normally am the first person to vouch for the over sized slouchy look versus something super fitting and tailored. When culottes started to appear more and more in my favourite stores I couldn’t help my attraction to them.

I understand that the style can scare a few people away, being one that is far from what we have been used to for many years in the past (skinny leg, tailored and form fitting). Some may think that they don’t feel as feminine or sexy in the style and don’t know how to style the trend with what they currently have. If this is the case, don’t fret; I am here to save the day.

how to wear culottes

I was unsure how to style the trend when I purchased my first pair as well. Spending much more time in front of the mirror then I am used to, analyzing the outfit I was wearing. It took me multiple swaps of shirts and blouses to finally find a match.

In order to wear the culotte trend while still feeling feminine and sexy one must be willing to wear a more fitted shirt or blouse. In this look I paired my culottes with a go to figure fitting piece, the wrap blouse. A wrap blouse works perfectly with these culottes because they don’t accentuate much of my bottom half, where this blouse shows every single bump and curve from the top half of my body. I think the figure fitting top half paired with the oversized bottom half is the perfect combination of sassy and classy.

how to wear culottes

I paired this pant with a heel because I wanted to show how this style could still make you look feminine and feel sexy. Adding the heels to this outfit lengthened the look of the leg, and made the whole look become put together and clean. Putting on a pair of heels always makes me feel empowered and a bit sexier!

I can’t wait to add a few more culotte styles to my spring/ summer wardrobe. I am thinking about adding a pair of culotte shorts this season like these or these (crazy deals) along with a pair of culotte inspired denim like these. All of these items would pair so well with a simple white blouse or a simple t shirt and I know I would get so much wear from them all!

how to wear culottes

how to wear culottes

how to wear culottes

What do you think of the culotte trend? How do you like to wear it best… sexy or simple? Let me know below! You know I love to hear from you 🙂

xx Bella

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Culottes: Do + Be // Wrap Blouse: Zara  // Shoes: Primark // Sunglasses: Fossil // Hand Bag: Boutique find in Florence, Italy

In FASHION on
March 21, 2016

the first day of spring

spring outfit ideas

I unfortunately am one of those people who count down the days till warmer weather and have not yet learned to live in the moment, and fully take advantage of everything winter has to offer. With the first day of Spring happening over the weekend, I immediately pulled out of storage more of my neutral pieces to replace the ridiculous amount of black items in my wardrobe.
spring outfit ideas

If you read my last post, you have heard about my slight obsession with white things, so you can only imagine how excited I am to start wearing a lot more white than I did in winter, along with neutral shades, now that Spring has arrived. Since it is only the beginning of Spring, I am slowly transitioning my wardrobe to this new season- pairing white boyfriend jeans with a neutral grey and white stripped blouse was a great way to achieve this. The slight grey tones in the blouse break up the look from being completely white and the long bell sleeve is a great contrast amongst my ripped denim.

spring outfit ideas

With the weather taking baby steps towards continuous temperatures above 0 degrees, I paired this look with a cream trench style coat to add some warmth yet still keeping the outfit fresh and spring like due to its light tone. I think having a neutral tone coat for Spring traditions is key to a wardrobe, it automatically lightens up your look and it is so easy to match with any outfit.

spring outfit ideas

With Easter right around the corner, the sound of birds chirping in the streets, and longer sunny days- I cannot wait to start wearing fresher looks and neutral shades.

spring outfit ideas

 

spring outfit ideas

spring outfit ideas

How are you transitioning into Spring? Do you have a warm weather outfit you are counting down the days to wear?

OUTFIT DETAILS-

Jeans: Zara (similar here) // Blouse: Zara // Trench Coat: Old from Old Navy (my current favourite spring coats here and here) // Shoes: Zara (this seasons here)

xx Bella 

In FASHION on
March 16, 2016

white sneakers are here to stay

white adidas sneakers

With Spring just around the corner, I wanted to showcase a stye trend that I currently love and cannot wait to indulge in more myself. Not only do I love the white sneaker trend because I have a crazy love for the colour white, but also because this trend is so practical. I mean, who doesn’t want to be flaunting their #ootd in extreme comfort and style?

Below I picked out a selection of my current favourite styles, ranging in prices and where you can buy them. I really think these are some of the best white sneakers out there. The classic converse is perfect to wear with ripped jeans and a great t-shirt or even tossed on with a casual summer dress. I really love the lace up espadrilles inspired sneaker because its mixing two of my favourite summer styles in one (I may have a slight espadrille obsession). I could totally see myself wearing these over and over again this spring summer, with multiple outfits.

I love this trend because it encourages you to toss on a clean, white sneaker no matter what you’re wearing. There really aren’t any rules, and for me- those are the trends I love the most. It is a trend to have fun with, potentially putting you out of your comfort zone- all white?? sneakers and skirts?? Yes! Do it all.

If you are wanting to try out this trend, feel free to get inspired by some of my favourites below!

White Sneaker Trend

 

Do you have any other white sneaker styles that you are totally loving? Share with me below… I may have to add them to my shopping list 🙂

xx Bella