Corn Maze Outfit

Pumpkin Patch and a Corn Maze OOTD

Pumpkin Patch Outfit

White Maple Leaf

I am very glad I was able to capture these fall pictures. A corn maze and a pumpkin patch are classic Halloween/fall activities. It’s hard to believe these were taken under a month ago. Sadly since it has already started snowing here; I fear we have bypassed fall and moved straight to winter. The wind is so cold it is painful! I feel like this excursion was the only real happy fall day I had.

We needed to go see T’s parents in London, ON to handle an errand. I said I would only make the drive if we could do something fun afterwards lol. In my mind fun would be afternoon tea or a pumpkin patch and corn maze! It is really a fall tradition.

Before making our way back to the big city I Googled farm options on our route home. Brantwood Farms seemed like the best bet as it had the most activities. I must admit last year was the first time I ever visited a pumpkin patch. Before I’d ever been to a one I envisioned walking through a field and picking the most perfect orange pumpkin from the vines. So I was disappointed in learning a pumpkin patch is just a bunch of pumpkins laying on the lawn. It does make sense, the farmers can’t risk their crops! But I was still saddened…oh well it was still festive and made a good photo experience.

Pumpkin Patch

Gold Necklace Etsy

We visited Brantwood because they had a corn maze and other haunted activities. Generally most were too kid friendly for my liking. But I enjoyed the corn maze, I believe we took longer to get out of it than the children. They also had some odd Disney and cartoon character cut outs and scarecrows throughout the maze. I suppose it was to make the little ones excited and more comfortable; but i found this frozen princess creepy! What do you think?

For the outfit I wore these burgundy and gold tights I scored from Top Shop ages ago with jean shorts. I just love these tights but it is hard to find the right outfit to show them off without just wearing black. I paired them with a white shirt and military inspired jacket. The jacket is a nicer sweatshirt material and I am channeling Sargent Pepper in it. This fall day was unusually hot – I even had to take my jacket off. I didn’t think out the shoes; they weren’t  sensible for a corn maze. Red lips and a gold necklace were my accessories.

Pumpkin Patch

Tights: Top Shop
Shirt and Shorts: Jacob (now closed)
Blazer: Ralph Lauren
Necklace: Made by me
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim

 

Anniversary Balloon

Red and White Floral Skirt – Afternoon Tea Outfit

Afternoon Tea Outfit - Roses Skirt

Afternoon Tea

If you know me, you know afternoon tea and getting to wear a fascinator makes me extremely happy.  For our three year anniversary T and I went for afternoon tea at The Ritz. He’d never been for a real afternoon tea before and insisted on putting Devonshire cream on absolutely every bite sized item. Hey, why not?

Afternoon Tea Outfit - Red and White

White Swan Fascinator

Although the tea set-up was modern, my outfit fit more of the classic afternoon tea vibe. I went for a red and white flowered skirt and a black blouse; both are loose enough that I can eat. I paired the outfit with red satin Charlotte Olympia shoes (which were a splurge despite being on sale) which brought all the reds of the skirt and makeup together. The heels are also low and easy to walk in. The simple white fascinator was from a never used white swan outfit, DIY your own here. The jewelry is from anniversaries and holidays’ past.

Sloane Tea

Although I’m more of a vintage three tiered china tray type of gal, the food was great and allergy friendly.  The modern metal shelves the food came on were actually really different and interesting to look at. It was surprisingly an amazing value, I thought the experience would be more expensive given it was The Ritz. The standard package came with a glass of Prosecco (my favourite) and many bite size sweet and savory items – we were stuffed afterwards and needed to walk the food off. 

Anniversary Couple

Red Shoes - Charlotte Olympia

Shirt: Jacob (now closed)
Skirt: TSOQ
Shoes: Charlotte Olympia
Fascinator: DIY your own!

Orange Coat Outfit - Zara

Orange Coat and Black Hat

My boyfriend hates this hat and I do NOT care! 

Orange Coat Outfit - Zara

Orange Coat Outfit Zara

I wore this outfit to work and I had two strangers on the street randomly say how stylish I looked. The compliments made my day!  

Orange Coat Zara

The orange coat is one of my favourite statement pieces from Zara. Whenever I wear it I feel amazing and totally confident. The outfit is pretty dark, but the vibrancy of the coat makes up for this. I wore a stretchy pencil skirt and a top with black lace and a grey peplum under it.  The gladiator sandals bring out the grey in the top. Of course the hat is what makes this outfit completely “extra” I vow the start buying bigger and bigger hats!

Black Hat and red lips

Orange Coat and Black Hat

An extra bonus is by fluke my pedicure matches the coat! The only accessory I’m wearing is one of my go-to creations 

Black Hat Outfit

Orange Coat: Zara
Peplum Shirt:
Hat: Express
Skirt: Jacob
Sandals: Sam Edelman

 

Grey Shorts Brunch Outfit

Grey Shorts Brunch Outfit

 

Brunch is really the best meal. This outfit paired  many old pieces from my closet. It is proof that what you have in your closet already is probably awesome. The shorts I bought at The Clothing Show many years ago – if I remember correctly they were only $10 because they were a sample the designer made for a fashion show. Definitely one of my luckiest purchases.  The blazer is from Club Monaco and almost 10 years old. I paired it with a basic white tank top. 

Grey Shorts and a white tank

By Lake ON

The outfit would have looked better with heels, but that would have limited the walking and exploring by the lake; so I opted for gladiator sandals which had a hint of silver. 

Caterpillar turned butterfly

This wall says “Just when the caterpillar thought it was over it turned into a butterfly” it took so long to read this phrase and once I figured it out I thought it was so beautiful. 

Blazer: Club Monaco
Tank top: Forever 21
Shorts: I think they are by jordanderuiter
Sandals: Sam Edelman

The June Motel

Wine Tour Outfit – Prince Edward County

Good Wine Pillow

For my sister’s birthday and for our monthly sister day we decided to visit Prince Edward County. We found this adorable girly hotel, The June Motel, I’ve seen all over Instagram and blogs lately. In reality if the hotel has pink doors I will probably stay there.

Wine Tour Outfit

We made it to Picton with a half an hour to spare so we took photos in the wonderfully decorated lobby.  Whoever put it together has a great eye. The room was also true to the theme, which my DIY self appreciated 

The June Motel

I’ve never been on a wine tour before but I can safely say it is my new favourite thing. They took us to five wineries and as a bonus we were in a limo! The standout ones were Sandbanks, it was the most fun and generous. And Chadsey’s was picturesque and I wished I could have hung out there longer. The owner looked like Clint Eastwood and the grounds had an old barn and schoolhouse on them. 

Girl Sitting on Hay

Old School House

Old School Desk

Chadsey's Winery Barn

Luckily it was warm this day so I choose this turquoise romper. This piece is great because it looks like you tried but you really didn’t because it is only one piece. I paired it with gladiator sandals as this isn’t an adventure for heels. I wore minimal jewelry, a tiny cross and one of my bullet necklaces and some glittery bracelets completed the outfit.

Wine Tour Outfit

Sisters

Romper: Marciano
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Jewelry: Bracelets and bullet necklace made by me

This Calls For Wine

Road Trip Outfit

Road Trip Outfit

Giant Muskoka Chair

Feather Earrings

Sadly cottage season is coming to an end. But at least I was lucky enough to get out of the city once for the summer. My sister and I journeyed to our cousins’ cottage south of North Bay. If you get no traffic and speed you can get there in just over three hours, but this of course wasn’t the case for us.

For the loooonng car ride I chose a comfy loose dress that I recently got from someone’s closet clean. It is maternity style and you can definitely eat in it. I paired it with cheap flip flops; today comfort was paramount. The only accessory was a pair of feather earrings I made. 

Sisters in a Muskoka Chair

Road Trip Outfit

Sitting on a wagon

Stopping at Webers for a burger has always been the tradition and luckily at 11:00 a.m. there wasn’t a line to get a burger and fries. They have really improved the grounds and washrooms there since I was a child. Eating in the train cafeteria and photo opportunities on the giant Muskolka chair made the place even better.

Rainbow Muskoka Chairs

Giant Muskoka Chair

This long journey was totally worth it to arrive here in nature 

Cottage hiking

Dress: Lulu’s (but was a hand me down)
Flip flops: Old Navy
Earrings: Made by me

Carnival Outfit

Let’s Go to ‘the Ex’ Outfit

Ferris Wheel

Going to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or ‘The Ex’ is a tradition! I must get Tiny Tom’s donuts, deep fried Oreos and my 99 cent spaghetti! Surprisingly with a nut allergy I am still able to fully enjoy the unhealthy food 🙂

I really wish I would have gotten some better pictures given the location has so much craziness and energy in it. Oh well, there is always next year. At least I felt cute in my outfit.

The skirt is from Express and I’ve styled it a few other ways here and here. It is perfect because it poufs out so you can eat in it!

Skirt: Express
Shirt: French Connection
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Necklace: Made by me

Business Outfit - Pocket Square - women

Top Shop Dress = Shirt and a Pocket Square (DIY)

Blonde Laughing

This shirt was originally a dress. I bought it at Top Shop many years ago on a trip to London. I couldn’t try it on and so wanted an item from there (this was before it came to Canada). The dress didn’t exactly fit and was both tight and loose at the same time on the hips (how does that happen?). It wasn’t very comfortable or flattering. But the item was sentimental; I wanted to keep it.

Taking SCISSORS to the dress would make it work! Below is the original dress.

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Matching pocket square and shirt

I cut the dress an inch or so underneath the zipper and I used the excess skirt fabric to make a perfectly matching pocket square. I sewed up the bottom hem of the shirt and did my best to sew a square (it is way harder than you’d think). Even if my hem isn’t perfect you can’t tell when I tuck the shirt in or fold the square.

To bring out the white in the shirt I paired it with a white blazer from JCrew. The cuts of their suiting fit me perfect. I have this style blazer in a few in different colours. The super cute black flats have bows on them and are my new go-to. I wore the ensemble to work and it was fine to last all day because of the stretch in the skirt.

What I wore to work - edgy

Matching Pocket Square Outfit

Bonus: I reused and saved something from the garbage heap to make a completely unique outfit. I also had extra fabric to gift another pocket square or to practice sewing. Yay upcycling!

Shirt and pocket square: refashioned Top Shop dress
Blazer: JCrew
Skirt: Jacob (now closed)
Shoes: H&M

Girl Holding Blueberry basket

Berry Picking Outfit

Berry Picking Outfit

I have not been berry picking since I was a child. I fondly remember blueberry picking at my cousins’ cottage and searching to find the biggest ones. I knew doing it this year was a must!

We went to Andrews Scenic Acres in Milton, which was just over an hour outside of the city. It was beautiful and you could find a quiet berry picking spot despite the crowds. 

Blueberry and Raspberry Baskets

Blueberry Picking

Berry Picking

I threw on an outfit that was cute and slightly practical. But I must admit I regretted the sandals after stepping on my third thistle. However, the jean shorts are easy to move in and the sun hat protected my skin, although it kept blowing off my head.  I wore a loose polyester tank top I didn’t care about and I tied a turquoise ribbon on the hat to match the shoes.  Adding a ribbon to the hat is an easy way to customize an outfit. 

The blueberries were easy and fun to pick but the raspberries were a struggle. There were so many bees around them and I urged my bee allergy boyfriend to stop picking the raspberries and run to safety. At the end we had a decent amount of both and it was a successful day!

Sunhat: H&M
Sunglass: Kate Spade
Shirt: Urban Planet (from ages ago)
Shorts: Jacob
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Feather & Chain Earrings: Made by me

Berry Picking Outfit

 

Salvador Dali Graffiti Wall

Summer Shorts Outfit and a Green Salvador Dali

I found this random, weird green Dali depiction while wandering around The Junction. It brought back memories of long ago summers. Salvador Dali is my favourite artist, I’ve read his autobiography, memorized his history and I missioned alone in Spain to his museum. It was a two hour train ride from Barcelona and I got stranded there for a few hours because the train went on siesta when I wanted to return. At the time it was terrifying; but I’m so glad I made the journey!

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Gold Statement Necklace - Etsy

Summer Short Outfit - Street Style

DaliGraffit

For this hot summer day I went for a shorts outfit that was an alternative and dressier version to the standard jean shorts. These shorts are a favourite of mine that I got while in Hong Kong. The shirt I got while on a trip in London. Wow, three travel mentions in one blog post that sounds obnoxious doesn’t it? Sadly I am broke now and need to relive my travels through murals and outfits.

Summer Shorts Outfit

UBSocial

BowEarrings

The gold statement necklace gives drama to the the look and it is currently one of a kind (I may make some for my Etsy). I love this purse, I call it my “big girl purse” since it doesn’t have cartoon characters on it. It looks like bullet holes, but white is sooooo hard to keep clean.

The bestie carrying me.

Green Salvador Dali

Shirt: Top Shop
Shorts: I don’t know where I got them and I couldn’t find the label online.
Shoes: Alexander McQueen
Purse: Phillip Lin 3.1
Jewelry: Made by me