Author Archives: Kelsey

Neon and Neutrals

Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Gap, Colorblock top: Gap, Clutch: Cole Haan (gifted), Bangle: H&M, Sunnies: Joe Fresh

I know, this is a LOT of Gap to be wearing all at once. I usually mix it up but the colour accents seemed to work well together and I was running late.

Let’s discuss these shoes: j’adore! Not only are they uber comfy, they’re on trend with this season’s neon craze without being too over-the-top. My closet is full of neutral pieces and I love to add a hit of colour, I just prefer to do so in smaller details (though the back of this shirt is a big pretty big punch of pink!) or in unexpected places.

My 5 Favourite Things About Vancouver (So Far…)

Coming from the prairies, the one thing I was worried about (and warned about) was Vancouver’s grey weather. I was doing pretty well with Raincouver’s constant overcast weather up until about two weeks ago. It’s been rainy, grey and downright blech for the last few weeks.

I could whine about it some more and prove to sun-lucky Calgarians that yes, there really are some benefits about dealing with freezing temperatures namely (or maybe only) the usually beautiful, sunny summers. However, to pull myself out of my “am-I-ever-going-to-see-the-sun-again” cave I decided to remind myself about some of the things I really love about Vancouver:

1) The Seawall
As a runner, having access to such an amazing path system is heaven. An ocean view set against a backdrop of mountains isn’t too shabby either. Bonus points for Van: you can run outside all year-long!

2) Le Marche
Having a latte here is akin to sitting at a cafe in some small French town. With neighbours popping in for a few groceries,  the best croissants in town and a gorgeous selection of home accoutrements, Le Marche is my escape when I need a little break from the daily grind. I’d also like to make their beautiful rental my permanent home but until then a latte every now and then will have to do.

3) Barefoot Contessa
I love stepping into this whimsical shop on Main Street. Beautifully put together displays, an amazing array of adorable dresses and stylishly quirky staff make it all too easy to find something (or a bunch of things) you “must have”.  As a digital geek, I totally applaud the way this shop uses social media to create buzz. Genius.

4) The Park Theatre
This is in my favourites for three reasons: one, I can walk here in about five minutes, two, the Park plays both blockbuster and indie films and three, with 500 seats in theatre you are almost always guaranteed a good seat.

5) The Beaches
Sure, there are no palm trees swaying in the breeze or drinks in coconuts being served but c’mon, it’s Canada, what were you expecting? There is however, sand and water and quite a few beaches to choose from, all of which are the right choice when the sun is out. Anytime, Vancouver, anytime.

Hey Vancouverites, what’s your fave thing about your city?

Maximize

Skirt: Greylin from Marshalls, Sandals: Aldo, Linen Tee: Zara, Jean Jacket: Gap circa 2000, Leather Bag: Las Pepas in Argentina, Cuff: bought in a silver market in India

When it comes to wearing maxi skirts there’s a fine line between chic and hippie. The key is to keep it simple.

I paired my maxi skirt (a sweet find from my trip to Palm Springs) with a basic t-shirt, my standby jean jacket (it’s 10-years old!) and simple sandals. Since the print is so strong a simple silver cuff keeps the bohemian vibe without wandering into carnival fortune-teller territory.

My prediction? This maxi skirt is going to be a summer fave.

Modern Basics

Lace top: Aritzia, Jeans: Gap, Flats: JCrew, Bag: Gap, Bracelets: Rubaiyat, Sunglasses: Joe Fresh

Sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a t-shirt and jeans. Even if the shirt happens to be a little lacy and the jeans aged with years of wear.

I tend to opt for simple when it comes to my personal style. I prefer to add touches of colour or interest through accessories and twists on everyday basics., like this lace blouse from Aritzia. It’s already turning out to be a fave piece as it very simple but not boring. Details, like the scalloped hem, add texture to a classic look. Even better (and considering where it’s from, somewhat amazing), it’s affordable.

Summer Style

Dress: JCrew, Necklace: Pyrrha, Sandals: Aldo (on sale now!), Purse: Plum, Bracelets: from Rubaiyat and my travels

After my first rainy winter in Vancouver, I was beginning to wonder if good weather here was a myth created by cranky sun-deprived Vancouverites to mess with other Canadians. The past week has proved that theory wrong and the sun has been out in full force!

I am all over the maxi dress for summer. Grab a great pair of sandals and a few accessories (statement necklace or a stack of bangles) and voila, you are instantly pulled together—it makes getting ready in 10 minutes an actual possibility. My recommendation when looking for a maxi dress? Choose one with a defined waistband otherwise you run the risk of people asking when you are due.

The first time I wore this dress T asked if I was going to a ball. First of all, do people still go to balls? And if so, why haven’t I been taken to one? Clearly I have the proper attire I just need to drum up some glass slippers.