It Takes a Village

(Jacket: Mackage Florica Jacket | Dress: Wilfred Beaune Dress | Shoes: Steve Madden Irene Sandals | Bag: Michael Kors ‘Cindy’ | Sunnies: ‘Charlie’ Metal Round)

“It Takes a Village” is nothing but true when it comes to graduation, especially when it comes down to finding the perfect dress for your day of celebration. Quite literally (okay not literally, dad), it took about a small village to find the dress that I had my eye on for months.

I’m one of those people that searches far in advance for the perfect dress for any occasion. Graduation was no different, and let me tell you, I had quite the search. From the very beginning I had my eye on this flowy dress from Artizia in a kind of dark rose colour (I don’t really know if that describes the colour accurately, but you get the jist). My parents went searching for the dress in all of the Calgary stores while my friends and I searched online and in stores across Ontario. Much to my dismay, the customer service representatives that we spoke to informed us that the dress was unavailable until late June/mid July store-wide. I was disappointed, but was ready to move on and find another dress that I would love equally as much. The dress was unavailable, moving on, end of story.

Then one day while shopping downtown Toronto I decided to pop into the Aritzia store to do some window shopping (I was fooling myself if I thought I would leave empty handed…I mean really…who leaves Aritzia empty handed!). I FOUND THE DRESS! THE DRESS…after all the searching and running around I had found it in my size but in the black version. Turns out I ended up liking the black version WAY more than the original colour that I had lusted over.

The Aritzia Beaune Dress has some beautiful pleats that really make the dress. You can see in the previous photo, that the pleats give the dress some really nice movement and a feminine feel. You end up feeling sort of like a princess because of the flowy material, but you don’t end up looking like a cake topper. Additionally, it’s a wrap dress which means you can adjust it to how you feel (in other words, you can eat as much as you want and still be able to fit into the dress…can someone say winner?). It’s definitely a piece that you can get a tonne of wear out of during the summer months due to its versatile feel. Whether it be a birthday event, a wedding or even just a summer cocktail event, the Beaune Dress will be your best friend!!! As for the Irene sandals, every Queen’s gal and her mother has these shoes, but for good reason — they are comfortable, flattering and the different hues make for a fun pop of colour!!

In honour of me finding the perfect dress for grad and the most flattering sandals to accompany it, here’s a long overdue outfit of the day featuring some summer classics that will be the stars of the show this summer.

I hope that all of your convocations have been wonderful and inspiring!!!

Xo Lil

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Weekly Roundup (After a Long Drawn Out Absence)

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Sorry about the absence — I’m just getting back into it after a busy time of exams, a birthday, moving and job hunts. I swear, I’ve said so many times that I’m basically a nomad at this point, moving my entire life from one place to the next.

Without further ado, here are a few fun links from around the web!

A really cool map that shows us what each country’s favourite book is!

For all of those who bought Pemberton tickets and can’t get a refund! WayHome is letting you trade your ticket in for a GA WayHome ticket until June 30th! Find out more info here.

Metallic “lip toppers” are SUPER in right now! Would you try the look out? Here are two ones that I really like: BITE’s Champagne Pearl and Jouer’s Skinny Dip.

Interesting perspective on the themes behind Big Little Lies, maybe worth a read!

My favourite personality test, if you want to give it a go! I’m an ESFJ when I used to be an ENFJ, meaning I have more of a sensing personality vs. intuitive.

A This Is Us wedding shoot! Literally thought that it was Milo and Mandy.

The blouse that just about EVERY beauty blogger owns right now.

So accurate for anyone that loves snacking! I laughed out loud. The grape, cracker and pint of ice cream ones are too funny.

This interview on a couple’s love story is so cute and honest. My favourite part was: Interviewer: “were you O-N on or did it take a minute?” Taylor to Sam/Interviewer: “I think it took a minute — wait were you on?”

Hope you all have a great long weekend!

xo Lil

 

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“Pulitzer” and Peonies

We all know that Lilly lovers don’t need an excuse to pull out their fun Floridian-inspired prints, but what’s a better excuse than National Wear Your Lilly Day? Nothing I tell you, nothing. In (late) honour of National Wear Your Lilly Day, I present you with my outfit for the wonderful day, and for the Sled Island Block Party. All you Calgarians know what I’m talking about, and for those who don’t, make sure you know for the future! It’s a fun event filled with food trucks, music, and beer gardens! What more can a girl ask for? This dress is perfect for those events that require a lot of eating, solely because nothing has to be loosened and you dodge looking like you’re wearing a paper sack. Win win? I think yes. You can also never go wrong with a fun print for the summertime!

Side note: I felt like the only accessories needed for this outfit were glamorous sunglasses and a bold lip, so excuse my lack of baubles!

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IMG_5709Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (Similar Version – Different Print) | Shoes: Target (This Season’s Version) | Sunglasses: Target (Similar) | Lips: Revlon

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Perfectly “Wedged”

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Okay, I get it. It’s my first post and the title is a little…lacking. But I promise, there is meaning behind it! This past weekend my family attended my cousin’s wedding located in Muskoka at the beautiful Port Cunnington Lodge. The location was absolutely PERFECT for a cottage wedding; it was chic, rustic, and full of life and history. The wedding looked like it was taken directly from Pinterest with a perfect balance of bohemian elegance. I kid you not, I wanted to photograph every little detail from the table settings to the foliage that adorned every inch of the venue. The lovely couple’s last name is Wedge (that is so exciting to officially say!), which is where the clever Instagram hashtag #wedged2015 came from. And so fittingly, this blog post is titled “Perfectly Wedged” for the main reason that J is now officially “wedged” in the middle of our very large extended family, something that I absolutely could not be happier about.

Recently though, I’ve been thinking about weddings and to my knowledge, I’ve only been to two in my whole life! How many weddings have you attended? Are you at that age where all your friends are getting married? Or, have you never been to one? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!

With love,

Lily

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Dress: Lauren James | Wedges: Zara | Bracelet: Pandora

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