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C H L O E – THE NILE BAG

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What designer do you think of when you want some feminine chic inspiration. My first thought it CHLOE – the boho chic style, the feminine and delicate fabrics and prints, the sunny vibes that beam from their brand.

I first caught sight of this brand when I started falling in love with their Drew Bag – before then, I wasn’t really into their style. But, how the times have changed because I could literally imagine myself in every single piece from their collections – including the shoes and bags as well. Especially for the Spring, Summer, and Fall months.

I have made it a habit to check their page once in a while and update myself on the latest collections. Most recently, I have fallen in love with THE NILE BAG!  I absolutely love  the shape; I think it’s so unique and it actually suits their style and outfits perfectly.

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I realize I’m a little bit behind the crowd on this one, as I have noticed many bloggers and celebrities wearing this bag already, but that is okay. We don’t have to follow the trends, we can just enjoy them.  

So, my dream Chloe Nile Bag = white, grey, or black leather, and silver hardware (I’m not that into the gold hardware, as I really don’t wear gold – unless it’s white gold).

Finally, the great thing about Chloe is that their bags are reasonably priced (for designer bags), in comparison to let’s say, Celine, or Chanel. These Nile Bags range anywhere between $1,500- $4,000 USD – depending on the size, material, etc. So again, it would be a splurge purchase, don’t get me wrong, but it definitely would be worth it.

Will this be Chloe’s next classic/signature bag like the Drew or Faye?

CW

Inspiration · Motivation · My Style · Travel

MY STYLE: MEXICAN AFTERNOON

When I wasn’t living in my bikini, I had some pretty cute outfits – this only happened during breakfast and dinner, because other than that it was bikinis all around!

This was my outfit on the one day we decided to take a trip outside of our Resort, which was only a half day anyways because we didn’t want to be away from our heavenly Valentin Imperial Maya!

My darling husband actually bought this too for me last summer in England – it’s one of my favorites, especially on warm summer days (or hot Mexican afternoons). I decided to wear it with my vintage Levi’s shorts, and Topshop laced flats. The purse pictured, my classic Coach favourite (I have it in pink as well) is actually the only one I took – yes, I know, shocker! But there really was no need for more than one since this one matched every outfit.

Nothing else was needed for this outfit, it was too warm for anything else really, plus I was perfectly comfortable in this and felt like it was appropriate for the days event!

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Hubby and I at a Tequila Distillery
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C O A C H PERFECT TOTE

Say hello to my new Spring/Summer Tote!

Remember a few weeks ago I wrote about the new floral collection at Coach that I feel in love with?

Well, I’ve gone back and forth to Coach debating which one of these gorgeous bags I wanted to purchase and none of them were truly calling my name, until this past weekends visit to the store…

I think that the Coach outlet store at the Toronto Premium Outlets is my favorite; something about the store that always feels so welcoming, and I always seem to be able to find something there!

So walking in this past weekend and seeing this perfect bag was fate. From this floral collection, a new colour was released and it is actually just the one I was waiting for!

Again, the tote is reversible, one side is navy, and the other is a vanilla white with burgundy, orange, and navy flowers. It also comes with a navy detachable clutch pouch!

Happy wife happy life!

CW

Inspiration · Motivation · My Style · WorldHausFashion

WHF: SEA OF BLUE // 2013.06.19

WorldHausFashion Look: SEA OF BLUE // 2013.06.19

Looking back on the good old WORLD HAUS FASHION days really does put a smile on my face. Those really were the happy careless day; whenever someone told me that back then I didn’t believe them, but now, looking back, I think they may have been right to some extent.

Honestly though, all days are good if you make them; or at least try to look at them with a glass half full kind of viewpoint. Those WHF days were great because all I worried about was acing my classes, getting a few hours in at work, and planning a great vacation! Now, what’s great about these days is that I’m married, we own our very own home, and we have great stable careers.

These photos were taken in 2013 on a warm summer day. I’m pretty sure it was a Sunday, or maybe it seems like that because now I relate to Sundays as days I don’t work on, and we were going for a walk after dinner.

Looking back on my entire outfit; hair, clothes, shoes; I feel content with myself. This is something I would definitely still wear, and actually do. I still own all of these pieces and do wear them. I haven’t worn this set together like this, but I have worn the peices separately. I think these photos have brought back the inspiration to wear this outfit again soon – maybe once we have some nicer weather though.

Happy Flashback Friday!

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Inspiration · Motivation · My Style · Shopping

WHERE IS THE P A I N IN FASHION?

The popular line of “beauty/fashion is pain” does in fact have greater meaning behind it. I was recently reading an article in the newspaper related to the five main causes of back pain which is caused by our clothing!

The article listed the following items are the top five fashion causes of back pain:

  1. Skinny jeans
  2. Oversized bags
  3. Coats with a large puffy hood
  4. High heel shoes
  5. Backless shoes, such as Mules

After looking at the list for a second, I realized I am victim to ALL of the items – although my jeans are not skin-tight, they do tend to be on the skinnier side, my coat has a huge puffy hood, heels are my best friend, and oversized bags are my daily game. The backless shoes point I have no connection to; yet.

It all makes sense though really, a few years ago I read an article about a woman who’s skinny jeans were so tight that she actually had to be cut out of them, as her legs started swelling and numbing – how scary is that!

So, putting things into perspective, this doesn’t mean that you should stop wearing the above five mentioned items altogether, maybe just not for long periods of times, or during times when your back already is sore?

From a fashion perspective, here are my alternate solutions for the above items, just to ease your soul while you wait for the slap of this news to disappear.

  1. Skinny jeans try a pair of straight leg or boyfriend distressed jeans – those holes will definitely give your leg some room to breathe, and not to mention, they are definitely in right now.
  1. Oversized bags have you seen all the adorable mini bags recently – it seems like every major brand is now creating smaller versions of their classic bags. Also, have a look back on my post about the Louis Vuitton backpack – maybe it’s time to jump onto the backpack trend after all? 
  1. Coats with a large puffy hood living in Canada, this may be a tough one to pass up; being cold in a light hood vs. being comfy in a big Eskimo-styled hood. Maybe, try wearing a hat; yes I know it causes hat hair and statics strands, but it may be your solution. I have recently been putting my hair into a french braid on my more laid back days at work and I’ve been able to pull off the hat to and from work.
  1. High heel shoes Fashion may be calling on kitten heels and block heels but we will never get away from the classic stiletto guaranteed. The block heel is still my favourite and most comfortable option; and since they are very much in style now, I’m sure you can find an option to suit your needs.
  1. Backless shoes, such as Mules I have no reasoning for this one really, Mules were a hit a few decades ago and it looks like they’ve mad a comeback, but I’m sure they will disappear soon enough for you to wear them without really causing any damage.
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FLORAL TREND: COACH

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As I’ve mentioned earlier, F L O R A L everything, all the time! Strolling through Great Lakes Crossings Outlet mall last week, the obvious caught my eye; a major FLORAL display at the Coach store!

I think I fell in love with every single item they had on display – I tried on each of the bags, twice, maybe even three times, but could not make up my mind so sadly walked out with nothing. (I know, that never happens).

The thing is, I plan on being at the mall again next weekend, so I can give myself some extra time to think about which one I really want (HA, all of them!).

The next thing is that I realize it’s an outlet store, so I understand that I might not be able to find these bags in the online store, but truthfully, I can’t find them anywhere! I’m thinking they look like they belong in the Spring 2016 Collection, but I’m not sure.

Nonetheless, these prints are fabulous and I definitely plan on choosing one of the bags next time I am at the outlets!

If anyone can help me identify which collection they are from, and/or help me decide which one to buy, let me know!

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Inspiration · My Style · Shopping

G E N T L E M O N S T E R

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Keeping on track with my interest of expensive sunglasses, I have also fallen in love with sunglasses from GENTLE MONSTER!

Similar to clothing, sunglasses are designed to a specific style, and most designers follow these trends each season, so many brands look similar. Which is okay, because I still think that each of these brands does something a little bit different with their design.

One of the things I love most about Gentle Monster is that their glasses are so unique – almost to the point where I’m not sure if I could pull them off, unless I was in NYC or LA… or anywhere in Europe, really.

My favourite pair of Gentle Monster sunglasses are the Big Bully style (first image above). I am obsessed with the thickness of the frames and the simple/classic style! In terms of pricing, these glasses are less expensive than the Dior ones, so they are a bit more of a realistic purchase.

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Browsing on Net-A-Porter, Gentle Monster can be found in the New Designers section, or you can find them directly on their page at gentlemonster.com.

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