Colourful Outfit and a purple wall

Kaleidoscope Dress – Forever 21

Kaleidoscope Dress and Coral Coat

Kaleidoscope Dress - Pink and Purple

This outfit went straight from work to evening drinks. Since it is finally nice my co-worker and I ventured to Kensington Market, which is one of the cooler, hippie areas in Toronto. Like the market, this outfit is colour overload and may be too crazy for most offices. But whatever, it is spring and I believe there is never too much colour.

The formfitting dress underneath is like a kaleidoscope of flowers which I got ages ago at Forever 21. It’s so different and was affordable, but I haven’t worn it nearly as much given the crazy pattern. The coral coat is one of my favourite go-to pieces. I reach for it whenever I want to make a statement and I’m not sure what to wear. The boots are black velvet and work for fall as well – and they are comfy even though they may not look it. The only piece of jewelry I’m wearing are turquoise feather and chain earrings I made. Since the dress is so busy, you don’t need much of anything else.

Turquoise Feather Earrings - Etsy

The purpose of the after work adventure with my fashion friend was to find a patio and a good graffiti wall – luckily we didn’t have to search for long!

Coat: Zara
Dress: Forever 21 (from years ago)
Boots: Indigo Rd (from The Bay)
Feather Earrings: made by me

white skirt outfit

Coral Tassel Earring Outfit

Neutral Outfit - white Zara Coat

White coat with bell sleeves

This outfit came together to match my new tassel earrings. I found these coral and gold beads I fell in love with; then saw matching tassels in the fabric store on the same day. I knew they were meant to be fabulous earrings. I finally got around to making my vision and just needed to wear them immediately.

Coral Tassel Earrings

Coral Tassel Earrings

I was spontaneously going out for tacos because it was Cinqo de Mayo (stereotypical and cliche I know) so thankfully I could wear the earrings! My outfit was way dressier than everyone in the restaurant but the tassels were happy.

I chose this sheer shirt because it has a tiny bit of coral in it, like I said this whole outfit exists because of these earrings. The skirt is gauzy and has some shimmer, someone commented that it was like Cinderella. Generally I would wear this shirt with a tight pencil skirt since it is loose. But everything I had was black and black seemed so drab for a sunny day. So I went for the opposite of my usual and created a neutral outfit.  Usually I go for colour overload, but the shirt and earrings are fun enough. The cream skirt has some shimmer in it and the coat reminds me of what a politician would wear. I paired the look with nude pumps to give the look more softness.

Neutral Outfit

Earrings: Made by me
Shirt: Shein (I wore a black cami under it)
Shirt: Zumel & Co
Shoes: This Is Spring

AGO afternoon tea

AGO Afternoon Tea

Kusama Narcissus Garden

I bought an Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) membership in the hopes of getting into the Kusama infinity mirrors exhibit, which didn’t grant my wish. However, while going through the benefits I discovered they do afternoon tea. A proper tea at an art gallery; well that just sounds like the best and classiest thing ever!

For my outfit I wore these orange/red cropped lace pants. They were such a good sale item. They are a statement piece, the colour is bold – but wait you haven’t heard the best part – they have an elastic waist! Which means you can actually eat your afternoon tea. A plain white shirt with scalloped sleeves and my Egyptian inspired necklace completed the look. I also wore a Kate Spade bracelet which I got from a BUNZ trade and a blue stretchy bracelet I made. Since the pants are a show piece you don’t need much else.

AGO afternoon tea

Handmade Necklace Red, Yellow, Orange - Etsy

The traffic to get there was insane for some reason, it took double it should have to get there. I was so stressed in the car! But we were still able to enjoy the tea being 30 minutes late. I thought it was supposed to be Kusama-inspired but it didn’t seem to be. When I go for tea I always judge how pretty the teacups are and these passed my test. They served mini avocado toast and a chicken katsu bite which were yummy and different than a typical tea menu. There was also an infused (with matcha I think) hard boiled egg as well. And of course scones and clotted cream!

Kusama Narcissus Garden

After we walked around really quickly and saw a couple paintings and the one free Kusama exhibit . I think that is the most I’ll get to see of the mirror exhibit sadly.

Shirt: Shein
Pants: J.Crew
Necklace: made by me
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Purse: purchased in Hong King but I think it is Italian
Blazer: Club Monaco (from ages ago)
Pocket Square: Tommy Hilfigher

My Little Pony T-shirt

My Little Pony T-Shirt

My Little Pony T-shirt

Yes, I am an adult. I pay my bills, have a full-time job and am trying to further my education. Yet still, when I see a sparkly My Little Pony shirt I am compelled to buy it. Especially if it is pink, black and has sparkles on it; one of my favourite combinations!

This shirt is from a local Toronto designer, so supporting a store that reminds me of how Queen Street West was in my youth (less big box stores and more independent designers) makes me feel good. Shopping is supposed to make you feel good, right?

My Little Pony T-shirt - Hayley Elsasser

Silver Bullet Earrings

This is probably one of my most casual looks ever. The shirt is boyfriend style and is unisex and looser than I usually wear, I must admit I’d like it better if the sleeves were shorter, but I still love it. I never realized how comfortable a t-shirt could be! Heck, maybe I’ll change my style – retire all the pencil skirts and blazers!

I paired it with grey jeans to bring out the silver sparkle of the pony, and studded rocker boots with a slight heel. I added pink extensions to the hair (they are hard to see in the picture) to add some more colour to pick up the pink outline of the pony. The only jewelry I’m wearing are silver bullet earrings I made. They are created from bullets I actually shot!

This was definitely a fun outfit that brought out the kid in me.

My Little Pony T-shirt - Hayley Elsasser

Shirt: Hayley Elsaesser
Jeans: Guess
Boots: Sam Edelman
Bullet earrings: made by me

Afternoon Tea Outfit, White Coat

Shangri-La Toronto Afternoon Tea Outfit

Shangri-La Toronto Afternoon Tea

Flower Fishnets

Finally I get to have a reunion with my former work wifey! We’ve been trying to do a proper tea for ages. Afternoon tea is about my favourite thing to do and I’m slowly visiting every possible place around the city. Now, I can cross the Shangri-La off my list.


This place isn’t a traditional tea room, meaning the decor is Asian fusion themed, not British. It is held in the hotel lobby, which sounds like a bad idea. But the lobby isn’t drab, it has windows to the ceiling all over it. The nicest part was a live pianist played the grand piano as you ate your scones. Since this place is modern and near the financial district, I thought I’d go for more of a corporate, classy look. A fascinator or feather hat would have been too odd here. Next teatime I’ll be sure to wear a crazy hat.

Afternoon Tea Shangri-La Toronto

My outfit was simple and monochromatic. A skin tight black dress that went just above the knee and was sleeveless. A little black dress is always a good idea and I feel amazing in this one. I paired it with a white jacket with big bell sleeves, it reminds me of what a politician or President’s wife would wear. The jacket is a statement piece and dresses the whole look up. To add interest to the outfit i wore fishnets with a line of flowers up the leg. I’ve been into being comfortable lately and it was Sunday afternoon so I opted for boots not heels.

The tea was pricey, but the service was exceptional and the teapots were pretty. Everything was in theme from the server’s dresses, receipt envelope to the teapots! I love some thoughtful coordination.

Flower Fishnets

Dress: Mendocino M
Jacket: Zara
Shoes: Sam Edelman

Floral Dress long sleeves

Long Sleeved Floral Dress – Zara

Call for Champagne

Just when I think it is spring it starts to snow again! I wore this dress for one of my sister day activities when it was finally nice out (although the pleasant weather was temporary). I bought this dress from Zara during Boxing Day sales and it was around $17! With tax – can you believe that?! I love that it is a pastel floral print and it reminds me of spring. Maybe if I dress in floral flowers will bloom. The long sleeves made it more comfortable for me since it is quite form fitting so it is sexy without having too much skin.

Every few weeks my sister and I try to schedule a fun activity for us to do. We bought a Groupon for a glass of prosecco and blow dry and style at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. I’ve always wanted to try this place because it looks really pretty and pink- it has been all over Instagram. However, I don’t really do my nails and I thought this was the salon’s main purpose. So when I saw the deal I thought it would be a fun day. Now that I have extensions I can have mermaid beach waves so this was the perfect activity. We were able to sip prosecco while being pampered. I would definitely come back here just for a drink without the service as well. The staff was great and we got some fun pictures. I was channeling Lady Gaga from the Telephone video all through these photos. I must admit I wore the pink and gray floral to match the decor.

Call for champagne

Look at my sister looking at me adoringly 🙂

Me channeling Lady Gaga in the Telephone Video

Sisters

We started our day off with great hair and headed out for brunch. We ate at the Colette, but it was way too busy to take any pictures at. Sadly, there will be no pictures from that pretty space.

I paired the dress with a white jacket which has great bell sleeves on it. This makes the dress more professional especially since it is pretty tight and may be too risque in the office. With the jacket I could also wear it to work. The boots have a small heel and are easy to walk in which was perfect because we were exploring downtown.

Her Majesty's Pleasure sister date

Floral Dress for work

Floral dress: Zara
White coat: Zara
Boots: Sam Edelman

Floral Suit at AGO First Thursdays

Navy Floral Pant Suit

Art Gallery Outfit

If you know me you know I love a good power suit and floral. Often suits can be bland; but this suit definitely isn’t boring. Sometimes it is hard to bring floral print into cold weather; but this dark pattern totally works for the winter. If you remember I also have  a spring Floral Suit look which is similar to this suit but brighter. The difference between the two looks is also the fabric, this winter suit has thicker fabric than the more airy spring version. The darker colours of this pattern make it more formal and winter appropriate although it is still funky and has loads going on.

I wore this outfit to First Thursdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I went straight from office to night without changing a thing……wait stop, I lied, that isn’t completely true, I did put false eyelashes on for the night. Having an outfit that would work for both venues that I felt awesome in made life so much easier.

This was my first time visiting the AGO First Thursdays party; they open the gallery up for drinking and dancing. I was there early and had much of the gallery to myself which was lovely. Most people went straight to the bar, but I had time to kill while waiting for my friend so I enjoyed the solitude to really absorb the gallery. Many of the rooms you can’t bring alcohol into, for obvious reasons, but there is still enough room to enjoy the art and party. There was one exhibit by Yayoi Kusama open to the public, sadly since tickets are sold out this may be the only exhibit of hers I see 😦

Navy Floral Suit H&M

Navy Floral Pant Suit for the winter

This whole suit was from H&M, it also had a shirt in the same pattern but I couldn’t find my size. I wish I also had the shirt I would love to rock full floral! The pants are form fitting and cropped a bit so just a touch of ankle is showing. This makes the suit younger and more casual. The jacket is double breasted and quite loose so it is comfortable even though it is still suiting. I wore a cream blouse to make the look less dark and it brings out some of the lighter colours in the floral pattern. I wish I would have had the will to have worn black stilettos, they would have looked even more boss. But knowing I’d be on my feet for 12+ hours I went for comfort and wore studded ankle boots with a modest heel.

Gallery Outfit - Floral Pant Suit

Suit: H&M
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Sam Edelman

 

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Outfit

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Outfit

Red Lace Shirt

How to Wear a Long Formal Skirt

I was lucky I had this skirt waiting when I got a last minute ticket to Malanka, Ukrainian New Years. Unfortunately, my friend’s date needed to cancel attending the party, but luckily I could step in. I’m really glad to have any excuse to dress up.

Malanka Date

I loved this skirt because it reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. I was subtly channeling the Disney princess as I twirled around while attempting to dance the polka. The red I wore happened to match the venue decor. The party was at the Liberty Grand, which is an ideal place for weddings or high school proms, both of which I’ve attended there. The building was beautiful and decorated red and gold for a Moulin Rouge theme. It’s so interesting to see how decor can change a place. When I attended my friend’s wedding there last year everything was white and delicate, now the inside looked risque and decadent. Nonetheless, the place looked magical and my friend and I were dressed up like princesses.

Red Rose Skirt

Red Lace Top

I got this skirt on sale at Zumel and Company, a boutique on Queen West, and had no idea where I would ever wear it. It seemed like a ridiculous purchase; where am I really going to wear a pouffy ankle-length skirt? But it was big, fabulous and on sale so I HAD to have it. I had a vision of wearing it with a lacy red shirt because of the rose on the front. A few days before the Malanka celebration I searched and found this top on sale at Zara. I think this outfit looks fancy and marvelous, but in reality was such a steal. Accessories excluded the whole ensemble cost less than $50! I wore glittery J. Crew earrings and held a silver clutch from Danier Leather (it was actually a present for being a bridesmaid). I paired them with red sateen shoes to give a peck-a-boo pop of red against the black.

Malanka Date

We went outside around midnight to take pictures – a very smart thing to do in January without a jacket. Thus I caught a cold and I blame my need to take Instagram photos!

Shirt: Zara
Skirt: Zumel & Company
Shoes: Charlotte Olympia
Clutch: Danier Leather (sadly now closed)

 

 

Valentine's Day Outfit

White and Black Heart Skirt – Valentine’s Day Outfit

White and Black Heart Skirt

This skirt was my perfect Valentine’s Day piece! It is airy and demure while it screams LOVE at you. This year I was excited to celebrate the holiday with all my loves; the days of hating this holiday are gone! However, the skirt has black hearts on it so if I change my mind I think I could adapt the skirt for an anti-Valentine’s look as well.  🙂

I generally don’t deck myself out in one brand exclusively when I dress, but this entire outfit (accessories excluded) is from J.Crew. I love J.Crew, but I only ever purchase from them when they have sales. Their sales are usually worth it when you can get an additional 50% off the sale price – I was glad I could score this matching outfit for a deal. I am very into pouffy statement skirts and I thought this one was so pretty and dainty. The shirt’s ruffle is a similar material to the skirt so it matches perfectly.

JCrew Black Heart Skirt

Ruffle off the shoulder top

I wore this outfit for both of my Valentine’s outings. On the 14th I went out with my girlfriends (my partner was working). The following weekend my boyfriend and I celebrated by having a romantic dinner at the Old Mill. I adore looking at the antique or antique-like furniture there; it’s so pretty.

Also you may notice I got a new look…I got extensions! I feel so glamorous in them!

Old Mill Toronto

Shirt and Skirt: J. Crew
Heels: Steve Madden

Maxi Skirt Resort Outfit

What I Wore on my Punta Cana Vacation (Majestic Mirage Resort)

In October I went on a romantic vacation to the Domenican Republic, Punta Cana, with my love. We were there for five days and we were so worried to go. Our trip occurred right after Hurricane Maria and a bunch of other storms hit. We made many phone calls and all assured us it was fine to travel, but still I didn’t trust it! Luckily I was stressed for nothing and the trip was beyond my expectations.

We stayed at the Majestic Mirage, Punta Cana, in the adults-only section. The place was a paradise. We even had our own private butler, Reynaldo, who would get more pink champagne upon request! The food was high quality – way better than the Cuban and Mexican all-inclusives I’d stayed at before. The resort was also empty – it was a ghost town likely due to fear from the weather. I felt for the staff, they seemed anxious to have something to do. However, the emptiness made the experience more enjoyable for me – no issue finding a spot on the beach, no lines – the privacy was great!

During the trip there were many outfits to be had – I’m so glad I was able to wear some long neglected pieces that aren’t all that practical to wear in Toronto.

Maxi Skirt – Look 1

Punta Cana Majestic Mirage

Fruity Drinks

This was my lady of luxury lounging outfit. The skirt was actually a hand-me-down and it is so comfortable and perfect for this kind of trip. The top is quite skimpy and wouldn’t do well in an active situation, it is from TSOQ (a Toronto store). It has some interesting lace lines at the front and the back is bare. A fancy dangling glittery belly ring gave the outfit some sparkle. I paired the skirt with gladiator sandals from Sam Edalman and a black sunhat from H & M. I wore these cheap, big, curvy glasses that remind me of a movie star trying to shield their face.

Maxi Skirt – Look 2

Black Sun hat outfit

Punta Cana

Saona Island

This outfit was for an excursion where we went to a park, river cruise, and snorkeling to see tropical fish and a private island. For this look I paired it with a more covered, simple black spaghetti strap as the day was more active. It is also a better choice for being in public if you don’t know how modest people are. I wore cheap Old Navy flip flops as they are better for the beach. The sunglasses are Ray-Ban and are prescription so I could actually see the sights. The same floppy hat was worn for both looks.

I was so excited for this excursion, the island pictures looked idyllic and I have never snorkeled in a tropical place – I desperately wanted to see colourful fish. However, I did not realize I was prone to seasickness.  I was so seasick on the catamaran I thought I was going to die – I won’t get into all the gritty details. But, by the time I got to shore I felt like I was escaping hell. Thus I sadly could not enjoy the snorkeling. I think ‘T’ thought I was going to drown and I apparently missed seeing a ‘Finding Nemo’ Fish – so heartbreaking. I didn’t post the after seasickness pictures as you can definitely see the joy fade from my face.

Orange Tie-Dye Maxi Dress

Orange Tie-Dye Maxi Dress

I bought this dress on sale at BCBG Maxazria years ago and I had never worn it. It’s such a waste to have things with the pricetag on them – at least it allows you to shop your closet. I loved the dress and it was a great deal; but I just never had anywhere to wear it. Finally, I had a place with the right climate to rock this dress! I paired the dress with silver flat sandals, a string of pearls I made and super glittery earrings.

Punta Cana Safari Outfit

Punta Cana Safari Outfit

This was my favourite outfit of the trip, likely just because of the colourful backgrounds I found. I take any excuse to wear heart-shaped glasses. See the full outfit post here.

Blue Floral Suit

Zara Blue Floral Suit

Heart Towel Swans

I absolutely adore this suit – see a full post about it I did in the spring – Zara Floral Suit. It is very light, loose and comfortable. It was my plane travelling outfit to and from the resort. Usually I wear leggings when flying, but this ride wasn’t very long and I wanted to jump right into exploring without needing to change. Generally I feel so frumpy on planes, but this outfit was an alternate that solved my problem.

Black and White Pant Romper

Majestic Mirage, Punta Cana

This one-piece pant romper has pockets! Doesn’t that just make everything better?! It is loose and very light – perfect for dinner and a pina colada. The romper was on sale from Guess a few years ago.

Follow me too Punta Cana

I want to go back! And I couldn’t resist this cheesy photo!