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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Currently Coveting!


It’s getting to our favourite time of year here in Canada, the much needed and highly anticipated break to give us all a little bit of a breather. While many are heading off on grad trip and far away places in Europe, my best friend and I are headed down south to Florida for a week and we couldn’t be more excited (we’ve been counting down for weeks now)! However, it’s a little bit of a different feel this time around as we realize that this break marks the half way mark of our LAST undergraduate semester ever. Crazy, right?!

Well, in preparation for the break I am providing you with some of the things that have been on my radar lately.

This or this fun beach cover-up.

A plunging scoopback one-piece bather! I especially love the red one!

A really simple seersucker ruffle bikini!

Obsessed with this “round fleck” style for a new pair of sunnies! Also loving this new updated version of Ray Ban’s clubmaster style sunnies!

Somehow I destroyed my runners and I’m now in the market for a new pair. Luckily I’m heading down to Florida so am hoping to score a pair down there, but recently I’ve been eyeing the Ultra Boosts! Still determining if I can switch my loyalty though.

This dress reminds me of something that Julie Delpy would wear in Before Sunrise!

I had the “gimme some lip” set from Sephora and LOVED it. They recently came out with a nude set that I’ve been dying to try!

I’ve always wanted a wishbone necklace and this dainty little silver one is adorable!

These sandals are super simple and adorable! I love this kind of style because it’s easy to dress up or down, and the blush is such a nice change of pace! I also adore these tassel sandals, although they are a bit pricey!

Lilly Pulitzer + S’well? Sign me up! You have to go scouting for these new S’well bottles, but here’s some more information here. The collection is so pretty and summery, it almost transports you forward a couple of months!

On a more winterized note, these winter boots are lovely! Super sleek looking but definitely functional; I find it so hard to score a fashionable pair of winter boots that doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing blocks on your feet. Also into these ones.

Hope you enjoy!

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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Currently Coveting (Winter Edition)

Toronto Christmas Market

We all know that the holidays bring Christmas cheer, but who knew that they would bring such bitter temperatures? We’ve gone through a bit of a cold spell on my end and while it looks like a snowglobe from the inside looking out, it’s absolutely treacherous to brave every day (and every night in particular). Winter currently has a one up on me.

Here is what I’ve been coveting this holiday season (p.s. think of this as a gift guide!)

I’ve always loved turtlenecks because I find them to be effortlessly chic and a parisian “I just rolled out of bed and threw this on” kind of way. Here are two that I’ve been eyeing: this one and this one. Here’s a more affordable one.

A cozy pair of reading socks for those R&R days in your family’s chalet.

A Crosley-inspired wireless speaker to simulate the old days.

An adorable little HBC toque and a pretty Michael Kors one for those nippy nights out!

Long-sleeved PJ sets are warm AND chic for the winter time.

And no gift guide can be complete without a candle! Here’s one that’s a little bit off the beaten path — it comes with a ring inside that’s valued from $10 up to $5,000, there’s a catch though, the ring you are to receive is a secret.

Stay warm,

xo

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