Bombshell Blues

While biking down to school one day, David and I stumbled upon a beautiful mural and just had, to stop and take some pictures. Yes, we are those basic people you see taking pictures everywhere, and yes, we love it!

But seriously, how cool is this mural???

Late September and early October are those times of the year when it’s cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon, and you know what that means? It’s shorts and sweaters season (clearly one of my favourites)!! Pairing your fave summer shorts with chunky sweaters and jackets, is an easy way to transition your summer staples in to fall, which is great for those of us who aren’t quite ready to let go of summer!

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Shirt: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Shorts: American Eagle (similar// Jacket: Vintage (similar)  Sunglasses: Forever21 // Shoes: Converse All Stars

I jumped on the bomber jacket band wagon in September when I bought this vintage beauty at a Value Village (one of the best places on Earth even though it’s gotten slightly overpriced). This jacket goes with literally everything and is so warm and comfy.

I wear it a lot, and I’m not even mad.

If you’d like to get on the bomber band wagon, there are so many cute options, and if you buy a plain one, you can customize it to your own liking all by yourself (think patches, pins and lots of embroidery!)

I went for a little pattern play in this outfit because it’s pretty simple otherwise. Adding the mix of stripes and plaid makes the whole look that much more playful and interesting!

Well I hope you’re all having a lovely day!

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Back-To-School Wishlist

The official countdown has started, and school is less than a month away!

To say I’m excited for my second year of university is probably an understatement. After a hectic first year, I feel a lot better coming in to second, and am really looking forward to walking around my stunning campus and studying in my favourite library again (Knox College’s Caven Library — check it out on google if you’ve never heard of it), and joining some new clubs and campus communities! There are a lot of things that need to be done before school starts in September though, one of them, being a closet restock.

Before I left for our vacation, I did a huge clean out of my closet. It’s pretty tough for me to throw out or donate a lot of things (I get attached and sentimental) but I have to say, I was pretty ruthless this time around. Following the steps in this post from a few weeks ago, I made a list of a few things my wardrobe was missing and since then, have been on the lookout for those pieces in time for school! Here are a few of them!

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Adidas superstar sneakers

Fine I’ll admit it, I’ve finally fallen into the Adidas band wagon. It’s taken long enough but I just can’t help myself! Superstar’s seem to be everywhere in the fashion world recently and are a great (and comfy) option for running errands, going to class or hanging out with friends. While they’re still a casual shoe, their classic shape and colours allow them to be easily mixed and matched and worn with everything from joggers, to your favourite boy friend jeans, or a t-shirt dress!

This past year my personal style has definitely evolved from a colourful, preppy inspired, to something more classic and subdued. These Adidas sneakers will be a great addition to my wardrobe and I won’t lie, sometimes I fall asleep dreaming up ways to wear them.

Typically they cost $99 and I haven’t quite figured out whether or not to buy them here in Portugal (where they’re more than $5 cheaper) or wait until I’m back in Canada to splurge…honestly I don’t think I’ll be able to wait until then.

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Black & White Silk Cami’s

Much to my mother’s annoyance, I am obsessed with simple white and black blouses. If it’s flowy, in either of those colours, and made of lovely light fabric, I will most certainly be adding it to my closet. The thing with camisoles (and any basic blouse really), is that they’re the perfect layering piece. As my style has evolved, I’ve come in possession of more blazers and jackets, and my old wardrobe had few blouses that were light and simple enough to layer underneath them. These beauties are perfect for wearing under blazers with slacks, or half-tucked in to jean skirts.

These silk cami’s from Joe Fresh are beautiful quality and really simple. For real though, they’re the kind of blouse you can dress up or down just by changing what you wear over top of them, and best of all, they’re currently on sale! I’ll definitely be dropping in to pick up one in each colour once I’m back in the city.

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Black Skinny Jeans

I have two pairs of these already, but they’re old enough that “black” isn’t really the right word to describe them….more like a dark, faded charcoal or something along those lines. Either way, black jeans (in whatever style is your favourite) are an essential part of any wardrobe. They’re slimming, go with literally everything, and are perfect for the winter months when we (ok me) tend to drop light colours and just go for black and grey.

My favourite Black skinnies are from H&M, and they’re snug, high waisted (to hold everything in place), and feel more like leggings than jeans, which is basically the dream. I’ll probably wait until this pair is totally out of commission before going out to search for a new pair because if I’m being honest, pants shopping is the worst sort of shopping.

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Camel Overcoat

The camel overcoat is the winter equivalent of the forever classic trench coat. It goes with everything, keeps you warm and stylish, and adds tons of class to even your most casual looks. Last fall I bought a beautiful red over coat, and wore it basically every day. It was my favourite coat and even now I’m excited to get in to autumn so I can wear it again. However, while red is an awesome colour for a coat, it doesn’t exactly go with everything. A camel coloured overcoat goes with substantially more and is somehow, a bit more casual (if that makes sense).

My hunt for the perfect trench coat was a long and annoying one (I finally found one on sale this summer though), and I already know that my hunt for the perfect camel overcoat will be just as tiring. Knowing my luck, I’ll find one next May. My first stop for this hunt will be Value Village and all the awesome second hand stores in Toronto. Hopefully, something beautiful (and reasonably priced) will pop up. If not, the hunt will continue!

New Hunters

Nothing exciting here, just practicality. We didn’t have a lot of snow last winter, so I wore my hunters (with huge thick socks) every single day. As a result, the heel is practically non-existent, and the sole is a few months away from being full of holes.

Currently I have a pair that are the colour of worn denim, and if I end up getting a new pair, would probably opt for matte black, or something ridiculous like baby blue or yellow (I’m and all or nothing type of gal).

Lunch Bag

Because I’m commuting to school this year (yay for living at home!) I’m going to need to bring lots of snacks and food to fuel myself through long days (10am – 9pm a couple days a week). I love lunch bags, but I haven’t had one since high school and am determined to find one that’s fun, but a bit more adult-like and easy to carry around. I’ve found a couple interesting ones on Etsy, but have yet to find one I actually love. Until then a canvas book bag filled with goodies will have to do!

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Fall is one of my favourite seasons and I can’t wait to get back to Canada for it. I know I haven’t done a lot of outfit posts (make that zero) but once I’m back in Toronto, my best friend David will be taking my photos so I can actually start showcasing my favourite pieces and showing you how I end up styling all the stuff I keep talking about on this blog!

Hope you guys are having a fabulous day and are enjoying the weather!!

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P.S. I’ve been playing the song “Bailar” by Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo nonstop. It’s such, a fun song and I honestly can’t get enough of it!

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University Fashion: A Guide

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Last summer I did a lot of research on university. I read countless articles on dorm life, searched every corner of the internet for information about college fashion, and scrolled through Pinterest for hours, pinning outfit inspiration for the year. Clothes had always been important to me, and I wanted to know what the fashion expectations would be like in university as apposed to high school. While I found some really helpful articles, many of them catered to universities with a different atmosphere than my own, and as I went through my first year, I realized that much of what I had read, did not apply at my school.

Because I go to school in a big city, student’s are rarely seen walking around in their pjs or workout shorts and oversized t-shirts (unless their coming back from the gym). Some schools value comfort above all else, but I love the fact that being in an urban centre pushes people to dress up everyday of class (yes, even for exams)! Girls wear makeup, and carefully put together outfits everyday, and guys do the same. While it might seem exhausting to some, I appreciate being surrounded by people who look good and prioritize their appearance, even during stressful times of the year.

So, I’ve decided to start a little series on University Fashion from a big city school point of view, and my first topic is about making that jump from a high school wardrobe to a university one.

As a kid growing up, there was no better time for me than back-to-school. Sure it sounds odd, but it was the end of summer, new adventures were on the horizon, and my parents would take me shopping just for school supplies and clothing for the new year. While some of the excitement has washed away, back-to-school remains one of my favourite times of the year, and buying new things to prepare for it is something I (and probably most people) still do.

In high school, my style was quite different from what it is now. I was a fan of bright colours and belted dresses. Big colourful necklaces and bright patterns. As my first year progressed, my style changed drastically. Classes were busy, and when I wasn’t in a lecture, I found myself in the library or a lab. I still wanted to look put together, but no longer had the time (or energy) to create the more elaborate outfits I’d worn in high school. Moreover, I found I no longer identified with that type of clothing at all. So, without even realizing it, my personal style became more minimalistic and based on the principles of a capsule wardrobe.

For those of you who have never heard about a capsule wardrobe, I suggest you google it and read up, because it’s total gold! Essentially, the premise is to pair down your closet to a set number of items, all of which can be worn and styled together. While I am not yet ruthless enough to take my wardrobe down to the numbers suggested in some capsule wardrobes (ranging between 15-35 pieces of clothing), I’ve adopted some of the same principles and it has really affected the way I dress and see fashion.

Bellow, you’ll read about how I suggest transitioning your wardrobe from a high school student, to a sort-of-adult student, and I hope you take away and apply some of the techniques I use in your own closet!

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Clean Out Your Closet — The first step in transitioning your wardrobe from high school to university, is cleaning out your closet. This step might take a while, but if you dedicate an afternoon to the task and turn on some good music, I promise it’s really fun!

First off, take everything out of your closet, and I mean everything! Lay them out on your bed, in the living room or on the floor and take a minute to think about each piece. Separate them in to three piles: keep, donate, sell. If you haven’t worn it in a year, it doesn’t fit well, has holes you can’t fix, is the wrong colour, or is one of those impulse buys you made and never wore, out it goes! It’s really hard to be ruthless with your closet, but the more times you go through it (I typically do this four times a year, or more if I feel I need to) the easier it becomes to separate things you adore and wear over and over again, from those you don’t. Don’t be afraid to keep a few pieces you only wear for certain occasions. Wardrobes are made up of basics, but you also need some statement pieces to fill it out.

As you go through your closet take note (like physically write down) what styles you love, what colours you tend to buy and what shapes fit you best. This list will help you in the next phase of your closet makeover!

Know What Works — I’ve mentioned this in the step above, but we are all different shapes and sizes, so it’s incredibly important to know what suits you! A black body con dress might look awesome on one person and not so great on another. That doesn’t mean you’re what isn’t working, it just means you need to find your shape.

Knowing what works on your body is especially important when it comes to pants and dresses. If you have a pair of skinny jeans because they’re trendy but never wear them because they just don’t fit right, why keep them around? Invest in pieces and shapes that make you feel your best and are things you find yourself consistently reaching for. While it’s totally fine to experiment with different looks, it’s nice to have a basic you can fall back on.

Choose a Colour Pallet — A lot of you might find this step a little bit odd, but allow me to explain. It’s common knowledge that certain colours work on certain people while others don’t, and if you want to build a wardrobe where you can mix-and-match everything in your closet, it’s helpful if you stick with a general colour scheme. This will help you get the most out of your wardrobe, since everything can be worn together, so you’ll have a pretty large selection of possible outfits.

First, choose a few basic colours which you find yourself gravitating to again and again (mine are blue, black, white, and beige) and then choose a few colours for those statement pieces (mine change with the season, but tend to be pinks, red and canary yellow). Your colour pallet is not the end all be all of course. If you find certain things that deviate from your basics but are still styles are shapes that flatter you, don’t be afraid to add them to your closet. As I said before, while your wardrobe should mainly be filled with basics, you need statement pieces to round it out and tailor it to your personality!

Plan — Now that you know your shapes, styles and colours, you can go shopping and use these criteria to help you buy items that you’ll love to wear. Don’t go crazy with shopping right away though. Try out your new, smaller closet for a few weeks to see what works and what doesn’t. At the end of this trial period you might want to get rid of some other pieces, and you can make a more thoughtful list of the things you’d like to add or replace before heading out to do any major spending.

This is the point in your closet makeover where you can start planning your spending. You can choose items you’d like to splurge on (like a new purse or winter coat) or others that aren’t as necessary. This might seem like overkill, but as someone who is known to make a ton of impulse purchases, planning what I want to buy has been really helpful for me, and is a great way to make sure you’re staying in your budget.

Another plus is that you’re essentially making a wish list, so the next time your parent’s ask you what you want for Christmas or your birthday, you’ll actually have something concrete to give them!

Invest In Basics (but don’t go crazy) — We are but lowly university students, so this next step has to be taken with a grain of salt. Basics are so important. A fantastic pair of jeans, white blouses, and little black dresses are items that can be styled millions of ways and mixed and matched with most things in your closet.

So many posts I’ve read about wardrobe basics emphasize splurging on these items and making sure that they’re the best quality you can afford, but I’ll be honest with you, I don’t exactly think that’s realistic for students. University is expensive enough with crazy tuition and living costs. You don’t need to add expensive basics to your list. Once you’re settled in a paying job post-grad, it makes more sense to start investing in pieces from higher end brands, but until them, buying your basics from places like Forever 21, The Gap (my go to store for jeans) or Old Navy is more than ok.

If you’re using a spending plan like I mentioned above, splurging might be more feasible, but curating a wardrobe full of these higher end basics will take longer. It all has to do with your priorities and what you’re comfortable with at this point in your life!

My go to basics include: dark wash skinny jeans, light wash boyfriend jeans, white blouses, black blouses, a little black dress, a little white dress, motorcycle jacket, jean jacket, striped long sleeve top, trench coat, white button down, and a white t-shirt. Though my closet is significantly larger than this (I have a slight clothing obsession) these are the pieces I often build an outfit off of (and they’re all endlessly versatile)!

Be True to You — This is probably one of the more important points of this post, and at the same time, it might be one of the most difficult to implement. Trends come and go, but your personal sense of style is forever! It can be daunting, especially in a time in your life where you are constantly meeting new people and doing new things, to fully embrace the style that you feel the best in. There’s so much pressure from the media to look and dress a certain way and when our personal style doesn’t exactly line up with what we see in the magazines, it can be hard to stay confident and rock what you like.

If there’s anything I’ve learnt in my life, it’s that it really doesn’t matter what people think, and this is especially true when it comes to what you wear on a day to day basis! If you like a certain trend, rock it! But don’t feel you have to just because every celebrity is seen wearing the same thing. Be uniquely yourself (which is so much harder than it sounds) and I assure you, you’ll be rewarded!

Accessories Make All The Difference — Shoes, purses, jewelry, scarves, hats, and sunglasses. These are the things that can ultimately make (or break) an outfit. You can wear a simple jeans and t-shirt look and then style it four or five different ways just by switching up which accessories you use!

Call me a stereotype, but I can’t help myself, I LOVE shoes…and purses, and jewelry, and scarves, and hats, and sunglasses…but especially, shoes. There is so much potential in a good pair of shoes. They can dress up an outfit, or make it more casual. A spunky pair can add personality to the simplest of dresses, or take the edge off of something a little more risqué. Shoes, in short, are a fashionista’s secret weapon!

There are of course the basic shoes you should have in your closet, like sneakers, flats and pumps (I think I might have to make a post on this at some point), but I love shoes, because they provide a perfect opportunity to add a little je ne sais quoi to a look. They provide a perfect chance to be adventurous! So, while there are the obvious basics, I like to go for shoes that are a little different, shoes that are brightly coloured, or have fringes etc. These often serve as the statement piece in my outfit, and are so fun to play around with.

All this to say, that accessories (especially shoes for me) are your chance to play around. Don’t stick to just the basics here, go for things that you love, things that are quirky and a little different. This is what will mark your personality on an outfit and give you a chance to be creative and playful in your closet. Patterns are great for shoes, so are metallics and bright colours. They serve to add dimension to the basics we talked about above. Anyone can wear jeans and a t-shirt, but making jeans and a t-shirt interesting and fashionable, is all in the way you accessorize, and no-one accessorizes quite like you do!

Learn The Joy of Thrifting — Ah, thrifting, my favourite pass time. As a kid, my mother and I frequented Good Will and Value Village, on the hunt for unique pieces and good deals. We always found something, and to this day, thrift shopping is my favourite way to shop. It’s good for the environment, is usually better for your wallet, and the whole hunt for something spectacular is way too much fun!

Thrifting is sometimes seen as taboo in our consumer culture. Buying second hand clothes and accessories is often looked down on, people tend to want brand new items. I however, strongly believe that thrifting is the way to go. You often find really unique pieces (vintage sweaters or dresses) and your creative side gets a work out! As a student, thrifting is especially important because of our general lack of funds, and honestly, hunting through a second hand store is a great way to work off school anxiety.

Make Room For Business Wear — While it’s likely you won’t be working an office job until after post-grad, it’s important to start making room in your closet for versatile business wear pieces. You don’t have to go crazy here (a fancier white blouse, black pencil skirt and blazer will do just fine) but as job interviews and internships do come up, you’ll have to be able to dress the part!

Make sure that these pieces are easily integrated in to the rest of your wardrobe so that they aren’t just hanging in a corner of your closet waiting for Google to call you in for an interview. A blazer should pair just as easily with a t-shirt and jeans as it does with your blouse and slacks, and your pencil skirt should be able to do double time as a work place staple and dinner date statement!

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Essentially, when all this advice is taken together, your wardrobe should become smaller, but more versatile. You’ll be able to make more outfits out of less pieces, and because these pieces are all ones you love, you’ll look great no matter what. As a student, life gets crazy hectic, and sometimes picking out an outfit for the day is daunting because we don’t have the energy or time to thoughtfully put something together. If your wardrobe is only full of pieces you love, that work together, choosing a killer outfit takes no time at all, and you’ll feel comfortable in the styles and shapes you love.

Personally, my style has evolved to be more minimalistic and simple. I focus on adding personality through interesting shapes and accessories and tend to wear the same three or four colours every day. Someone else’s capsule-esque wardrobe might be entirely different, focusing on bright colours and patterns. Either way, if you love what you’re wearing, that’s all that matters!

So this post was incredibly long and detailed, almost like an essay about closets, but I enjoyed writing it so I hope you enjoyed reading it (and hopefully you learned something or got some ideas about how to work with your wardrobe).

It is so incredibly hot today in Portugal, but I hope you’re all enjoying your summer, and are having a lovely day!

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5 Best Travel Outfits

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As awesome as vacations are, I’ve always found the getting to and from part a little bit draining. Flights are long, uncomfortable, have bad food, and I never know quite what to wear or what to bring.

While carry on’s are an entirely separate affair (a post coming on this soon), I’ve come up with a few base outfits, which I gravitate to for different destinations and flight lengths! As you’ll notice (from the pictures) and as I’ll mention, I find it really helpful to stick to a neutral colour palette when choosing a travel outfit. Basics like beige, white, black and pastels are the perfect pieces to bring on vacation as they suit all seasons, most destinations, and are easy to mix and match with the rest of your vacation wardrobe!

I hope this quick guide will be helpful for figuring out how what to wear on those exciting pre-vacation flights!

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The Business Traveller

This sleek outfit is perfect for short flights from city to city (because let’s be real, nobody wants to spend 8+ hours in skinny jeans), can take you off a flight, and right in to a meeting or business event!.

Pair your fave skinnies with a simple blouse, neutral jacket or coat (it’s always cold on a flight), comfy flats and your go to purse that can double as a carry on. A low key colour palette will keep you looking stylish in any season, in every country, and also ensures that you can re-wear these pieces with the rest of your vacation wardrobe!

Check out this set HERE!

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The Long Haul Traveller

This outfit is perfect for longer flights where you need to be comfy, but still want to look cute! A sassy graphic tee, paired with sleek joggers and a bomber jacket will keep you warm and limber enough to get comfy for your flight (I swear sleeping on an airplane requires some gymnastics), and a trusty pair of sneakers will keep your feet happy.

A big backpack lets you keep all your travel essentials in one place and if you get one with a neat pattern or bright colours, it’s an easy way to add personality to any outfit!

Check out this set HERE!

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The European Traveller

Boyfriend jeans are probably my favourite trend right now! They look so put together, but are always so comfy because they’re baggier than our usual skinnies! Pair your favourite boyfriend jeans with an oversized blouse, summery flats, patterned scarf and a big tote to carry all your travel essentials.

This outfit will take you off the plane and right in to cobbled streets and picture perfect farmers markets! A neutral colour palette also makes sure you can mix and match all the pieces with the rest of your vacation wardrobe!

Check out this set HERE!

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The Beach Traveller

A breezy maxi dress, sandals and straw tote make for the perfect flight outfit to a tropical oasis! You’ll be ready for the heat, and can hop right from the airport to your hotel pool without missing a beat.

As I’ve mentioned before, neutral colour palettes are great because you can re-wear items with the other things you’ve brought on vacation!

Check out this set HERE!

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The Gallery Traveller

Whether you’re music festival hopping, or travelling from art gallery to gallery, white jeans are the perfect base to let your personality loose on. Add your favourite blouse, sandals and a sassy jacket (I mean how adorable is this jean jacket??!?!) and you’re ready to hit the coolest exhibits in no time!

Check this set out HERE!

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There you have it! Five easy outfits for those hard to deal with flights! What are your favourite travelling looks?

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Summer Wish List

With summer officially here, it’s been hot and glorious! Days spent swimming, adventuring, and recovering from a hectic year are well deserved for everyone who’s just finishing school this week!

While I finished with my academic year back in April (one of the perks of university) it’s only now begun to feel like summer, so I’ve finally been restocking my seasonal wardrobe with awesome new stuff. Here is my wish list for the season, including pieces from Zara (my new obsession), Soludos, Urban Outfitters, and cult classic, Forever21!

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Cutout Midi – Urban Outfitters

As soon as I saw this dress I fell in love! White is my favourite colour for summer sundresses, and the cute little cutouts this number sports are perfect for adventuring and picnics! Add lace up leather sandals, a straw boater, your fave carry-all tote, and you’re ready for some summer adventuring! Bonus: It’s currently on sale!!

Palm Print Midi – Urban Outfitters

This midi dress is honestly too cute! I’ve been eyeing it for actual months and now that it’s on sale, I may just have to swoop in and grab it! I love the palm print and can see it paired with flat, or wedge sandals and simple gold jewelry, the perfect day to night sundress!

Ruffle Sleeve Mini – Forever21

Forever 21, our trusty first stop for the season’s trends, did everything right with this dress! From the perfect colour (#whitedressteam) to the ruffled sleeves, I can find nothing wrong! It’s the perfect blank canvas to unleash your personality on, and could be styled in so many ways it’s startling!

Embroidered Floral Dress – Forever21

This cute little dress is giving me serious beach vibes! Everyone needs an easy, breezy sundress that’ll carry you from the beach to the farmers market (or from one lecture to the next tbh) and I’d have to say this would be it! The subtle floral embroidery is oh so pretty, and the vibrant red is honestly perfect!

Halter Maxi – Forever21

Maxi dresses are a summer staple, and I love the easy shape and open back of this one! Perfect for throwing over a bathing suit after a day of swimming or dressing up with wedges and big earrings for dinner! Also, loving the stripes!

Denim Jumpsuit – Zara

I’ve recently been very into rompers and pant suits, and when I saw this Zara number I got so excited! Ruffles, denim and cutouts all in one spunky little outfit! Honestly, this romper looks super comfy and is the type of wardrobe staple everyone needs for those days when putting together an outfit is harder than it should be! Add sandals and simple jewelry for a daytime outfit, or wedges and brighter statement accessories for a night out!

Peplum Top – Zara

I actually bought this top the other day and I love it! The blue and white stripes are so fresh and clean (my favourite things for summer) and it’s light weight and flowy! I love peplums because they’re basically flattering for everyone, and you can style them in hundreds of ways! I’ve worn this beauty over white shorts with a boater hat and sandals, over a vintage denim skirt with sneakers and with jeans and wedges for dinner! Very versatile, very simple, and so perfect for summer!

Mini Cross Body – Zara

I absolutely adore the colour of this bag! Yellow is such a great colour pop, especially in a summer wardrobe of mainly blue and white (yes that’s me). The shape of this bag is also pretty retro and I can always get behind a good vintage inspired look!

Leather Cross Body – Zara

This white beauty would be such a cute addition to any wardrobe! The colour and shape provide the perfect mix of pizzazz and functionality! This would be the perfect bag to add a bit of personality to a jeans and t-shirt look and while the clean white is extra summery, you can no doubt rock this bag in any season!

Flamingo Print Espadrilles – Soludos

After discovering this brand about a year ago, Soludos has become my go-to place for summer shoe inspiration! They have pretty much every style of sandal you could want, and their embroidered slip-on espadrilles are so adorable! I especially love the colours of this flamingo and palm tree pair!

There we go, my condensed summer wish list (because let’s be honest my real list is wayyyy longer)!

Hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing and lovely day!

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