The Last Days of Summer

[Hello everyone, I’m back! Did you miss me? I wound up going on an unplanned hiatus but have now returned with a new look on the blog and new content! I’ve yet to determine if I will be posting weekly again, but my goal is to produce more high-quality content if I take more time in between posts. Stay tuned to this channel.]

When you’re a kid, the last days of summer are the worst. All you do is attempt to squeeze as much adventure and fun out of waning time while avoiding an onslaught of back-to-school advertisements that seem to keep coming earlier every year. You stay out later, see your friends more or laze around the house more. You relax with desperation. You are utterly inconsolable when your parents take you to Staples for new pencils.

As an adult, my calendar has changed from the September-June focus I’ve known for the majority of my life. It’s still hard to get used to. Every September I feel like I need to be doing something, that something’s missing. That feeling has manifested in hair or wardrobe changes, but it still doesn’t sit right.

What I’ve been trying to do this year is experience the last days of summer the way they’re meant to be experienced: languidly and luxuriously. As someone who generally loathes certain qualities of summer (heat, bugs, everyone wanting to go the beach) and relishes the transition to fall (it’s the best season don’t @ me) I’ve been genuinely enjoying this tail end of summertime. And for me, this enjoyment resulted in a wave of inspiration. One of the reasons I had taken such a long break from the blog was a complete lack of post ideas and loss of confidence in my style. I wasn’t sure how or when to continue. Maybe it’s the amount of folk music I’ve been listening to, or the amount of gin and tonics I’ve been drinking, but August somehow sparked my creativity again, into making a lookbook.

I wanted to create outfits that represented this time of year. To me, the haze of August heat and the buzz of cicadas create a fever dream in shades of gold and burt orange, and I wanted my colour palette to reflect that. It’s still intensely hot and humid here in Ontario, but fall is coming, and for me that combination results in an odd feeling of utter laziness with expectation. The silhouettes range from wide and billowing to short and structured, all worn while squinting into the burning sun.

And that’s all of the inspiration that came into this end of summer lookbook. Enjoy.

LOOK 1

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Jumpsuit — Oak + Fort

Bralette — Victoria’s Secret (Similar)

Sandals —  Heel Boy (Similar)

Short Necklace — Anthropologie

Long Necklace — Etsy

Bracelet — Oak + Fort

Watch — Vintage

LOOK 2

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Dress — Kiss the Sky (via Asos)

Sneaks — Converse

Choker — Urban Outfitters (Similar)

Sunnies — Anthropologie

All rings from Victoire and Urban Outfitters

LOOK 3

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Tee — Free People

Skirt — Vince Camuto (Similar)

Hat — Rag & Bone

Sandals — Heel Boy (Similar)

Necklace — Etsy

All rings from Victoire and Urban Outfitters

Brunch Date

I have never, in my life, turned down a brunch invitation.

Going out for dinner is one thing: it’s dark, everyone is more well-dressed, the menu is more expensive and a much more extensive and pretentious drink list is involved. Dinner, I could take or leave, but going out for brunch is my jam. (There’s a breakfast pun in there somewhere. Laugh with me.)

Coffee. Hash browns. Eggs. Six dollar mimosas. Honestly, how could I refuse?

When I got an invite to go to lunch with three of my friends, I was excited for the whole week leading up to it. A little pathetic? Maybe, but I mean business when I say I love going out for brunch.

This post is quickly turning into a game of how often I can write the word “brunch” in 400 words.

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The four of us met up at Lola’s Kitchen on Church Street, and we had our six-dollar drinks and consumed copious amounts of breakfast foods. Bliss.

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In anyone is wondering, I had the curry tofu scramble.

Naturally, when I’m planning a brunch date, I’m automatically thinking about what I’m going to wear. My first thought was to go casual, to wear something low-key for a Saturday morning breakfast outing. My second thought was I still needed to look cool. It’s absolutely ridiculous, but since I became interested in fashion I feel like I’ve built this reputation for myself around my friends, where they always expect me to be dressed to the nines, or to have some painfully cool look put together.

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It should be noted, since I am currently writing this wearing grey sweat shorts and a sweater with a bear on it, that I am not always put together. I don’t always looking like I put any effort in.

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This train of thought nagged on me while I was getting dressed, but it got to the point where I was running late and I realized I was being ridiculous.

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I decide to go understated: high-waisted jeans, cream shirt and converse. It was gloriously warm and spring-like that day, a truly luxurious weekend, so I put on a long sweater. Since the look was so casual, I went heavy on the gold jewellery but the overall effect (I hope) was easy-breezy-weekend-brunch-esque.

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If I pulled that off, great. If I didn’t, well, I enjoyed a cheap mimosa and ate my weight in hash browns, so either way I count that day as a win.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Sweater: Aritzia

Top: Black Market Vintage

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Sneakers: Converse

Bag: Urban Outfitters (Similar)

All rings from Urban Outfitters & Forever 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.*

Bloor Street Noir

A night out in Toronto isn’t always expensive drinks in Kensington or long dinners at the best places downtown. In fact, if you’re me, nights out are rarely that and more closely resemble something halfway between college tomfoolery and hipster-because-we’re-broke activities.

One of my favourite things to do in the city is see live music. At any given night, in any given location, someone’s band is playing a gig. You can find the events all over Facebook and Twitter. Even with all the festivals we see in the summer set aside, there’s so much music happening in this place, and for me, it’s always a matter of deciding, “fuck it, I’ll go.”

That’s how I wound up going to see Milky Chance in concert with my friend Clare (also the photographer for this post). We had made a split-second decision over Facebook to go weeks before the show, and I promptly forgot about it until just days beforehand.

Naturally, as the event approached, the crucial question of, “what am I gonna wear?” came up.

My problem with concerts is I usually try too hard to look like I’m not trying too hard to look cool. You feel me? You want to somehow achieve the same level of unaffected-coolness as the bearded, tattooed bartenders that serve you $8 beers.

I went with a classic: high waisted jeans (the MOST COMFORTABLE jeans) and a black tee. Boots. Black coat. I needed something a little extra and boom, red lipstick. It’s not fancy but it definitely works for the setting.

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And this was our setting: a packed concert at Lee’s Palace and a walk down a rainy, slippery Bloor St. on a Saturday night. Between the blacked-out windows at Honest Ed’s and the neon “open” signs of bubble tea shops and Korean barbecue restaurants, the whole thing felt Noir-esque to me somehow, like I was waiting for a man in a trench coat to come out of an alleyway and hand me a blank envelope.

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I’ve been listing to too many mystery podcasts. (You should all be listening to Rabbits, btw.)

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But as Clare and I made our way to a bubble tea joint, I proclaimed, “Take my picture in this alleyway.” And then with the lime-green walls inside the aforementioned bubble tea joint.

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I didn’t use my good camera, the pictures aren’t high-quality, but sometimes a night is just that. It’s getting sweaty at a show, getting soaked and cold in the rain, laughing your ass off in a lime-green bubble tea shop and taking the subway home at the end of it all.

And that, kids, was a good night out.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Coat – Topshop (Similar)

Tee – Stateside (Similar)

Jeans – AG

Boots – Shoe the Bear

 

What I Wore: “Is this 90s?”

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I’ve titled this blog post “Is this 90s?” because that is an actual question I asked out loud about this outfit. Naturally, the answer was, “Yeah, I guess. I dunno.”

I took that as an enthusiastic yes.

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I’m in the mentality right now where whenever I’m putting together an outfit, and I feel like it’s a little lacking, I just think, put a choker on it. Instant cool-ish. To me, a small addition of an accessory can really put together a look. For this particular look, I was feeling that accessory.

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I don’t really know what to call this, maybe something along the lines of, “day-off outfit.” The motivation behind this look was comfort. The bodysuit and jeans are super soft and comfortable. As I write this, I’m sprawled out in a rather inelegant position on my couch, all made possible by the comfort of this outfit.

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And since we’re doing full disclosure here, I got these jeans on sale at Topshop. $30. The last pair I found in the shop. I felt blessed. I’ve been looking for a high-waisted boyfriend jean for what feels like a millennium, but it’s not easy to get that loose, easy fit when you have any kind of curves going on. These guys are a little loose in the waist, but I’m into it. These are possibly the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn.

*praise hands emoji*

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Alright, enough about the jeans. The rest of the outfit was put together with things I’ve been really into lately (re: my favourites post with these shoes). I’m having a bit of a closet renaissance right now where I’m rediscovering pieces and re-styling them to discover I actually love them. I would highly recommend doing the same to everyone reading this.

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Details

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters

Jeans: Topshop – Similar (I raved about these for a full paragraph and I can’t find them online I am so sorry.)

Shoes: Seychelles  – Similar

Choker: Urban Outfitters

Sunnies: Black Market Vintage