April 08, 2014

HIATUS



WEARING: Melissa Araujo's 3 in 1 Vest, American Apparel Pullover, Splendid Pants, Adidas Superstar 2 and THP's Bound Cuffs.

I am breaking my two week hiatus. At first I was busy getting things done in the studio to ensure that I could go on a mini holiday to LA, and I did get things done on time to be able to travel. What a trip it was! Sunshine, good girlfriends, and I felt extremely grateful to be in LA once again. I love it there, it feels like a second home to me for sure. This time around, I spent a lot of time in Santa Monica, visiting places like Manhattan and Hermosa beaches, did a lot of shopping, dining and drinking.

There wasn't much rest on this trip; we hit the clubs, we danced all night and were between the pool and the beach during the day. I did not take any pictures for the blog while I was there, I really wanted to feel like I was on vacation, so I took a break from everything social media related. These shots were taken before I left to LA. It is still cold here, raining from time to time, so the layering trend continues. Long Vests over sweaters is where it's at ;) Thanks for being patient, I am back and I hope with more creativity and energy than before. Five days away can really help freshen up and inspire the mind. Back to hustling now.
Photos by Carmin Edwards

March 24, 2014

LAYERS


WEARING: Oak + Fort Jacket, Melissa Araujo Crop Top, Club Monaco Dress Shirt & Sunnies, No Brand Culottes, Alexander Wang Marion Bag, The Bound Cuffs by THPS and Vans Sneakers.

Here is to another week all dressed in black, I love my whites, but lately I have been in a more practical mood; black seems to be the right choice for the weather. I would normally wear this with skinny jeans or leather leggings, instead I opted for the culottes. It gives a whole other vibe to the look. I am channeling the masculine, and oversized side of things.

Sometimes when you wear all black it can be hard to tell which piece is which, and where one starts and the other ends. I am wearing one of our Linear Crop top's over a long sleeve dress shirt, to maximize my Summer items even during Winter, and as we transition into Spring. I can't afford to buy something new all the time, if you are like me this is a good styling exercise for your creative skills. Just work with items you already have in your closet, and see what combinations you can come up with. Let me know if it works for you. In case you missed have a look here how I styled the same crop top this past Summer.

March 17, 2014

CULOTTES

WEARING: Club Monaco Blazer and Cashmere Turtleneck, No Brand Culotte, Celine Trio Bag and Converse sneakers.

My friend M'c Kenneth and I were overdue for a catch up session, so we took the opportunity to take some photos and do a late lunch. Sometimes you get so busy that you forget to set aside time for yourself and the things that you enjoy doing. The weather continues to be confused, sunny one moment and pouring rain the next, these shots were no exception. Regardless we had a great time.

I am a big believer that something which may no longer be good for one person, can be a treasure to another. This high waist wool culotte is an example of that; it was my friend's and she no longer wanted them. I took it home, added some extra loving by taking off buttons, cutting out some over designs, and voila the culottes found a new home. I love how wide the legs are, and as much as I love skinny cuts, it is always good to try something new. It makes me happy to see that the "world of fashion" is finally embracing what most of us already knew: sneakers are the way to go! Heels for me have always been for special occasions, I am more of a sneaker girl myself. What about you?

March 10, 2014

WHERE IS SPRING?


WEARING: H&M Conscious Collection Coat, Acne Turtleneck, Club Monaco Trousers & Converse High Tops.

It has been difficult lately for me to visit other blogs and Instagram accounts. Why you may ask; well, half of my friends live in hot weather climates, where they all seem to be hanging out at beach houses, or Carnival parties. The other half live in cold places that just happen to have hit Spring way earlier than Canada. I am ready to retire my beloved winter coats and turtlenecks who so faithfully have kept me warm, these past 6 months. I am dreaming of skirts, tanks, cut off shorts, and sandals.

I am keeping away from some social medias, otherwise I will just get depressed. To all my Brazilian and Australian friends, sorry you won't be hearing much from me until Spring arrives up here. Meanwhile I will wait patiently, working hard in the studio to get things moving, so when the sun does comes out I can spend lots of time with my friends on the beach and enjoy the warmth.
Photos by Carmin Edwards

March 04, 2014

EXPOSURE


WEARING: H&M Jacket, Oak + Fort Jumper, American Apparel Skirt, Galisfly Rings & THP Shop Bound Cuffs.

Now I am back to the grind, back in the studio, patterns are coming along slowly but surely. My collaboration with Meryl is my priority right now; taking a pause from my own collection to give full attention to our UK - Canada connection. Think minimal, sleek and bold. Curves in the letter M is our inspiration alongside Diana Q. Saul's work. I can't wait to have something concrete in my hands to give you all a sneak peek.

These days I never go out but when your boy gets promoted, you make some exceptions; you dress up, you show some skin (and freeze). You rise to the occasion to celebrate someone else's accomplishments and hard work. I'm so  proud of him and I have been thinking about how lucky I feel that he puts up with my demands, highs and lows. He certainly helps me to take a step back and see the bigger picture.

Photos by Crystal Yeomans.


February 24, 2014

FACTS


WEARING: Carin Wester Coat, American Apparel Pullover, Splendid Athletic Pants, Calvin Klein Bag & H&M Shoes.

Instead of talking about how busy I have been, I thought it would be nice if I just wrote down some random facts about myself that you may or may not know. Let's see, I love foreign films especially French (Godard), Italian (Fellini) and Spanish (Almodovar) ones. I am really motivated by music, my taste ranges from classical to hip hop and rap (new & old school) but you will never catch me listening to country. I love to read, but I usually don't read contemporary books, I always go for the classics. I love Summer, I normally don't sweat so the hotter the better; I truly dislike the winter. I love carbs (give me pasta, bread, rice), salads don't fill me up (I am the worse vegetarian). The kitchen is no place for me therefore itchy ban is my specialty.

I am not a morning person, I am a night creature, my best ideas and work come during late nights. I can't handle real alcohol or hard 
liquor, I am a red wine, bubbles, malibu and cranberry kinda girl. I love travelling and I am missing that in my life immensely. My favourite city in the world is Paris, then anywhere with lots of sunshine, and an ocean (what a contradiction). I have played a lot of sports, my favourites were Wrestling, Handball, and swimming. I hardly ever wear make up, in a normal week I probably wear blush once. I am not a coffee or chocolate person, I am all about tea and vanilla/caramel sweets. I speak with my hands and I have been told that I am loud, you would never guess it by the way I dress. I am very proud of my brother's accomplishments, our work ethic and dedication come from our mom. My boy and I are experts at long distance relationships due to how much we have travelled since we have been together. The list can go on.

Photos by Carmin Edwards.

February 17, 2014

GAME ON


WEARING: Club Monaco Top, H&M Leather Jacket,  7 For All Mankind Jeans, Calvin Klein Bag and Aldo Shoes.

So much has been going on, I swear that I have been working excessively hard. Between my job, designing a new collection, doing a marketing proposal and blogging I am left with no time to sleep (what is that again). I am not complaining, I am super stoked to be involved in everything that I am; I feel extremely lucky to have been invited to be part of these projects.

A lot of cool stuff is being done and created in the studio. The designing part is finished, I have the collection on paper, now I'm making those sketches into patterns. I feel completely ready for what 2014 is bringing (and will bring), I hope I can fulfill every aspiration or at least lay a solid foundation for my work and creativity's growth.

On a style note, I recently purchased my first pair of 7 for All Mankind Jeans; I can't believe that I have never owned any before. They fit me like a glove and are made in the USA (props to the company). I am already saving up for another pair because I can see these jeans becoming one of my staples. Black, white, leather and jeans; perfect way to to start the week.

Photos by Carmin Edwards.