Another Brunch Date

I’ve said it before, ya girl loves a good brunch.

What I love even more is when that brunch coincides with Mother’s Day, and I’m able to spend the day gallivanting around town with my older sister and mom in tow.

Last weekend was a whirlwind of food, art and wine. Just the right side of luxurious. Aside from all of that, I love my mom dearly and my family is very close. Spending the weekend together was the best part.

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My mom, my sister and myself.

And, yes, our extravagant girls’ weekend did include a Mother’s Day buffet brunch at Epic in Toronto, and let me tell you I am still thinking about their Belgian waffles.

While deciding on an outfit for this occasion, I had two things in mind. Firstly, I wanted to look nice for my mom. Secondly, I wanted to be comfortable, as we had plans to traipse around the city that day.

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The median found with this look is decent, especially with the added bonus that these trousers have an elastic waist, so I was good to go to town on the buffet.

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It was a gorgeously sunny day on Sunday and to honour that I really wanted to stick with a light colour palette. As much as I love wearing black, there are some days that call for pastels and creams.

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I felt terribly spring-like and entirely prepared for mom day activities, which included walking to the AGO and making us stop so my sister could take these pictures of me.

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But, really, my true outfit validation came, naturally, from my mom, when she saw me and said,”You look so nice.” That was good enough for me.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Blouse – Aritzia

Trousers – Oak + Fort (Similar)

Shoes – Urban Outfitters (very, very old, definitely not available anymore)

Sunnies – Black Market Vintage

Denim Jacket – Topshop

Bag – Urban Outfitters (Similar)

Black & Grey

I’ve spoken a few times on this blog about making an effort to wear more colour, about my history with wearing black so often I could be mistaken for Morticia Addams.

I do like to wear colour – right now, I’m gravitating towards yellow and find myself in the midst of a pink renaissance. Maybe I’m reclaiming the colour from its weird “little girl” connotations. I’m not even talking pastels – I’m talking the neon editions.

But from time to time, I get the urge to fall back into the monochrome. I don a full-black outfit or wear only black with white for three days straight. These instances are generally born out of a laziness in colour co-odinating and a desire to feel needlessly cool.

This is the thing about personal style – it’s always changing. You are drawn to the things you are drawn to for a reason. That’s why it’s personal style. When I’m getting dressed in the morning, I usually go with my instinct. I reach for what ever I’m into at that moment, and some days what I’m into is simple black and grey.

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This day was one of those days. I started with the culotte jumpsuit, a new piece I’m loving because 1) it hides away my body completely, for when you’re not feeling anything form-fitting and 2) the billowing black material is big drama. It turns a stroll to the coffee shop to a woeful, angst-ridden walk through Scottish moors.

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You know what I mean.

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This certainly isn’t the most flattering outfit I’ve ever worn and that’s done purposefully. Sometimes I’m self conscious about my figure. Sometimes I want to put comfort before anything else. And to be quite honest I’m never dressing for the sole purpose of being attractive to boys. I’m always dressing for me and me alone. (Although compliments from other women give me life.)

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Jumpsuit – Anthropologie

Turtleneck – Anthropologie (Similar)

Shoes – Michael Kors (Similar)

Bag – Urban Outfitters (Similar, just a different size)

*All photos taken by my beautiful friend Clare.*

TOM* Fashion Week Outfit Diary

I was lucky enough this past week to be able to attend Toronto Men’s Fashion week at Waterworks downtown. Myself and some other peeps from Novella were able to tag along to the illustrious coattails of our fearless editor.

It’s not the first time I’ve been to fashion show, but it is the first time I’ve been to TOM, and I had no idea what to expect.

The idea of attending a fashion show is daunting. You obviously want to look on trend and cool, but not like you’re trying too hard to be on trend and cool. It’s a fine line to balance on, same with the question of whether you need to dress up or dress down. After actually going, I can say that there’s a real mix of what people wear. There are people dressed to the absolute nines – high heels, floor-length dress, suit and tie – and there are also people taking it down a notch – denim on denim, all black, I even saw a guy in sweatpants.

Essentially, my biggest takeaway is this: just wear whatever you want but be confident in your decision and it’ll show. The coolest (and probably most photographed) people there are the ones you see just being themselves. Not that my own advice stopped me fro having a breakdown while getting ready for the shows every night, but I still stand by it.

After all of my anxiety and second-guessing, here is what I wore to Toronto Men’s Fashion Week.

(Please excuse the colouring of my pictures – it was dark and I tried my best with an iPhone 5s.)

Day 1

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Since it was Men’s fashion week, I decided to go with a menswear-inspired look for the first day. I paired a white tuxedo shirt with blue jeans and a corduroy coat. To finish the look off, I decided on a pair of brogues and a clutch, both in different shades of brown. I wasn’t sure if all of the brown tones would work well  or just end up clashing, but I was running late, so I just said “monochrome,” with a flourish and left.

Outfit Details

Coat – Na Nin Vintage

Tuxedo Shirt – Zara

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Urban Outfitters (These are at least five years old, here are some similar ones.)

Clutch – American Apparel (Not available anymore, here’s a similar one.)

Day 2

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On day 2, I went full 80s. Well, nearly. Full 80s would’ve been if I had also been able to do something cool with my hair. Alas, it was flat and decidedly not 80s, but I did don a bright red leather jacket complete with nice, big shoulder pads. Underneath it I kept it simple with a plain white tee and high-waisted trousers. Because I knew it would get warm in the venue, I needed something else to bump up the energy in my look, and I found it in my old blue suede booties.

Outfit Details

Jacket – Black Market Vintage

Tee – Anthropolgie

Trousers – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Topshop (They’re pretty old, so here’s a pair that are similar.)

Day 3

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By day three, I had had just about enough of panicking over every outfit choice. I was trying too much to be different, to stand out from the crowd and that resulted in me trying on combinations that just really weren’t me. In the end, I decided on a pretty classic Tash silhouette of loose high-waisted trousers with a tee tucked in and a long coat overtop. I liked what I had on and I felt like myself, which I think is really all one can ask for when one attends an evening celebrating fashion and style.

(In hindsight, this really wasn’t the best outfit to pick for creds.)

Outfit Details

Coat – American Apparel (Not available anymore, but I found one kinda similar.)

Shirt – Anthropologie (Sold out,  here’s a similar.)

Trousers – Oak + Fort (Sold out [AGAIN], here’s a similar.)

Shoes – Michael Kors

Bag – Burberry