On The Radar: Banker Stripes!

Banker Stripes
On The Radar: Banker Stripes in For Summer!

This spring and summer, work wear has just gotten a serious fashion girl re-vamp! Not only are banker stripes still being used in business attire, the pattern has been brought into the fashion world as a S/S staple. They are feminine in so many ways, but still accomplish that boyish feel that every classy lady strives for. Personally, banker stripes have always been a staple in my family…we live by the classic Ralph Lauren meets J. Crew uniform throughout the duration of our time at our cottage. I mean, what goes better than a banker striped button-down with a pair of denim cutoffs and worn out Sperrys? I say nothing.

Here are a couple of ways one of my favourite summer trends is being worked into everyday wear!

This Zara asymmetrical top is a little less summery, but would be perfect for a night out on the town.

The Cartagena Top from Faithfull looks amazing the way that it’s styled, with a denim skirt and pair of cute loafers.

Or, if you’re not into the off the shoulder trend, here’s a pretty little Faithfull sundress for a day on the beach.

I recently bought a dress similar to this one and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s really versatile, so you can dress it up for an occasion or dress it down for a casual day running errands!

A cool retro-style sundress with goldenrod stripes will help you to look fashionable as you lounge in the sun.

I’m currently living in this striped ‘his’ shirt but in the classic blue colour! It’s perfect used as a tunic, a coverup or a shirt with cutoffs underneath!

LOVE these culottes for a simple yet put together everyday look. I tried these on the other day and they are so flattering it’s ridiculous!!!

Finally, a beachy rectangle scarf to keep you warm on those chilly summer nights!

Hope you’re all gearing up for a wonderful summer!

Xo Lil

 

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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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Out With A Bang

With the new year comes everyone’s inkling to incite change into their lives. Whether it’s to work out more (cue the new years resolutioners), be kinder, eat more healthily or try shopping less (ahem..) most people make at least one goal to complete in the new year. 

Now I try not to make new years resolutions, because why only make a change with the beginning of a new year? Why not right away? 

For most girls I know, their hair is an important part of their identity. As the years have gone by I’ve placed increasingly less importance on my hair and accepted something my mother has always said: “it’s just hair”. For years I have been wanting to embrace change and move from the side bang to the front bang, but never have I been gutsy enough to do it. 

While in Calgary over the break I had the opportunity to get an appointment with my favourite stylist at Hedkandi Salon. With the haircut quoted as being a little bit more pricey than I usually opt for, I decided to make my cut worth it and take the new year by the reigns. The combination of a student budget and an itch to try something new urged me to go for the bang look I always wanted and I can’t say I’m disappointed in the slightest. 

So a tip for all of you out there who desire to make a hair change but are too nervous to do so, like my mother said, “it’s just hair”. Now is as good a time as any to make that cut and enter the new year with a bang!

XO Lil

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On the Radar: This Is Us

THIS IS US -- "The Game Plan" Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US — “The Game Plan” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Of course, with the turn of the season comes a new slew of shows. Now I’m super guilty for (foolishly) starting a new show right in the middle of the school term. I’ve gotten better…but still I feel the need to binge-watch the show in order to focus again on my work (I realize there is no logic to this system).

All I can say is This Is Us, This Is Us, This Is Us. It follows a number of individuals and their day-to-day lives, but throws in some plot twists to keep the storylines interesting and fresh. I’m a little bit late to the bandwagon, but at least I’m on the bandwagon right?

First thing’s first, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. Ever since I saw A Walk to Remember when I was in my teens, I’ve had the biggest girl crush on Moore. She is smart, funny, she can sing and is absolutely beautiful — what’s not to love? Even character Miguel tells Jack “she is the gold standard of wives”. I’ve found she just has a genuine sunshine-y vibe to her which is so contagious. About Ventimiglia, I’m gonna be honest but I never really liked him as Jess in Gilmore Girls (I realize I’m gonna get a lot of hate for this). My opinions on him have totally changed though, thanks to his dynamic with Moore and their kids on This Is Us.

It’s hard to discuss the show without giving anything away, as everything is interconnected after a HUGE plot twist in the Pilot episode. I’m gonna tell you right now, the plot twist leaves you in shock and wanting to rewind the program saying “What the heck just happened?!” I’m not kidding, the show leaves you amazed at the end of every episode. I could be the poster-child at the rate I’m raving about it (probably told around ten of my friends, but for good reason). Long story short, it’s pivotal because it addresses various aspects of life, even the really difficult areas, but lightens the discussion while getting you right in the feels. No lie, I don’t think I’ve made it through one episode without crying (allergies are really bad, people). I find that I feel less guilty about watching it, because it’s one of those shows that really gets you into a contemplative state. It dives into the complexity of the evolution of marriage and the way that one’s childhood affects them in later years. So what are you waiting for? Get. On. It. I can guarantee you’ll be hooked!!

Cheers,

Lily

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