Monthly Archives: October 2013

Chunky Knits

The cold is definitely here, so enter the oversize, chunky sweaters. A fall/winter staple for anyone who has to endure the ever-so-cold temperatures of 10 degrees and lower.

Chunky knits are definitely something I need (or want, however you look at it) that I need to stock up on this fall/winter. They’re a great investment, and look great paired with almost anything in your wardrobe. Skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, skirts, dresses, the list goes on and on. I also love that because of the wide array of textures and fabrics chunky sweaters come in, they can be dressed up or down depending on your mood or occasion.

Thoughts on chunky knits? Do you own a few, or are shopping for a few? Here are several styles that fit the perfect chunky sweater category.

Stay classy, Realists!

Chunky Knits
Balenciaga sweater, $1,125 / Theory sweater, $350 / Vanessa Bruno chunky knit sweater, $535 / Topshop sweater, $88 / Long sleeve shirt , $24 / STELLA McCARTNEY sweater, $1,060 / Proenza Schouler ombre top , $805 / Peter Jensen chunky cable sweater , $360 / Steven Alan long sleeve sweater, $360

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Silk Trousers & Lace-up Boots

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I’ve mentioned it before, but once again, blue (anything but a too dark navy) and black are one of my favorite color combos to put together. What are one of your preferred color combinations? Do tell!

Have a wonderful hump day and stay classy!

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SONY DSCBlazer, pants & shoes: TOPSHOP, Top: Zara, Watch: Fossil, Rings: Aldo & TOPSHOP

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Plaid, Leather & Booties

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Wow. What a bad blogger I’ve been. I don’t even know how I’ve stayed away for a little over 2 weeks, and I apologize. My days have been so hectic with starting my new job, along with my family life. I am back, though!! And better than ever ;) BUT, and an unfortunate but, due to our lovely Montreal weather, *insert sarcasm here*, outfit photos will have to begin being taken indoors. Yes, I know the lighting and scenery is clearly better outdoors, but I would rather a blank wall to accompany my outfit rather then a cold :P I’ll try to get as many pictures out of the house as I can, but for the meantime, please enjoy my grey wall.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been hunting for perfect booties that would fit my style, as well as my wallet. I was thrilled when I came across these booties while setting up the shoe stock room. They’re perfect, as they can be worn with a dress or jeans, and the heel is high enough for some height, and low enough to be worn at work.

Are you a fan of fall fashion, or do you long for the days of shorts & ice cream? Do tell!! Have an enjoyable day and stay classy!

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SONY DSCYes, another plaid shirt to go with the one I featured on my week of style here (and here, here, here :P)

SONY DSCThe gold plate on these heels is what really caught my eye. I’ve always mentioned how much I love simple items with that added touch, and these booties fall right into that category.

SONY DSCTop: Joe Fresh, Pants: Vero Moda, Shoes: TOPSHOP, Sunglasses: ZeroUV

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Wedding Reception Attire

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Yesterday I showed you what I wore to my friend’s wedding ceremony here, and today, the reception.

You can’t go wrong with a maxi dress. Unless, of course, you’re wearing a white maxi dress. Well, then again, please don’t ever wear white to a wedding. Or cream, or very light peach. I always say steer clear of anything that can even remotely be considered a bridal dress :P

Let’s also take a moment to step back and see yet another statement necklace featured around my neck. I wasn’t lying when I said I was going to pick up my necklace game. I fell in love with this piece at a BCBG sale, and have never regretted it. Unfortunately, the necklace broke on me at one point, but luckily for my handy crazy glue skills, it looks like nothing has ever happened.

Have a great day, and stay classy!

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SONY DSCDress & Necklace: BCBG, Shoes: Brian Atwood, Watch: Michael Kors

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Wedding Ceremony Attire

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Good morning/evening, Realists!! We meet again! I hope you all had as lovely a weekend as I did and are ready to commence a new week.

This past Saturday, a good friend of mine got married to her best friend, and I couldn’t be happier for the lovely couple. It was a memorable day that started out by watching the two lovebirds become officially husband and wife. Weddings always get me all choked up.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ve probably noticed that I hardly ever wear necklaces. This little metal collar necklace has been sitting in my drawer of jewelry for close to two months now. Every time I would try to pair it with an outfit, I always felt like it just wasn’t looking the way I thought it would. Once again, I tried it on, and I LOVED it! I had to have been crazy the other times I’ve tried it and thought it just was never going to work. I think it’s time for me to pick up my necklace game and continue to search for a few new standout pieces. Realists, how do you feel about your necklace collection? More simple, or more statement? Maybe just not at all? Comment below, I love to know how you feel about this jewelry piece.

Now it’s back to the grind, everyone! Enjoy your Monday and stay classy.

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SONY DSCBlazer, Clutch & Necklace: Zara, Dress: BCBG, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Rings: Aldo & TopShop, Sunglasses: ZeroUV

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Oversized Coats

I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, and I’ll say it again. One of my favorite fall trends this year has to be oversized coats. Although I’ve yet to purchase one, I can’t get over how much I love this silhouette. I can see a coat of this style paired with a dress for a night out, some skinny jeans for a casual day look, and even a pair of loose fitting trousers for a more androgynous look.

Sure, we’ve all seen these gorgeous coats walk down the runways from multiple high-end designers, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton to look the part. Here you’ve got a gorgeous, yet clearly a little pricey, Stella McCartney oversized tweed blazer for $1,945. OR, you can pick up a similar coat, Cooper and Strollbrand Oversized Biker Coat on special for $312.08, and there are definitely even more affordable ones out there.

How do you feel about this fall trend? Comment below and let me know! I’ve put together a few pieces for your viewing pleasure :)

Have a wonderful day and stay classy!

Oversized Coats
Topshop double breasted pea coat, $195 / Emporio Armani coat, $710 / Mango coat, $155 / 3.1 Phillip Lim oversized boyfriend coat, $1,130 / Boutique gray jacket, $310 / Jacquemus royal blue coat, $740 / Carven coat, $2,460 / Giambattista Valli coat, $2,895 / Topshop coat, $120

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3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

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Target has finally opened up in Montreal, which means it now only takes me 5 minutes to get to one, rather than taking a little over an hour as well as having to cross the border. If you’re a fan of Target, than you can feel the happiness I, as well as many other Montrealers, have with this new addition to our city.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for Target had launched a couple of days before the stores opened up here, which made it even more exciting. As much as I didn’t want to attend a grand opening of Target, I did want to try and snag anything left of the collection. Luckily, I went on the 2nd day (I know, still sounds crazy), but really not that bad!! All the cashes were opened, which made the line go pretty quick, and I luckily found 2 shirts to add to my closet. Today, shirt #1. A blue, sheer back tank, that instantly called my name. The loose fit and long back are two characteristics I love most in a top, and for $20, you can’t go wrong!

Realists, did any of you take a chance to look at the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for Target? Any purchases made?

Happy hump day and stay classy!

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SONY DSCHere you can really see the contrast between the cotton front and mesh back. Also, how cute is that bow ring? Found it on the 2-for-1 wall at Aldo :)

SONY DSCTop: 3.1 Phillip LIm for Target, Pants: J.Brand, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Sunglasses: ZeroUV, Rings: Aldo, Bracelet: Forever21

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Printed Silk Trousers

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This past weekend, we celebrated my older daughter’s 4th birthday with our close friends. I honestly can’t believe that it’s been 4 years already. Seriously, once kids are involved in your life, time really flies faster than you can imagine.

Right now, Montreal is going through what we call an “Indian Summer“. Unfortunately, our summer this year was not consistent, and fall came sooner than hoped for, but now we’ve been having days full of some much needed heat, and none of us Montrealers are complaining. So I took the opportunity to wear these silk printed trousers before it begins to get too cold once again.

I fell in love with the print once I first saw them online, which means straight to my online shopping cart they went! I won’t lie and say that I knew they would look perfect on me, because I didn’t, which is why I always say it never hurts to try stuff on. You might love it, or you might hate it, but without trying something on you’ve been debating with in your head, you’ll always regret it later on.

Ever end up buying something you thought you’d hate when seeing it at first glance?? I’ve gone through that a couple of times myself. Comment below and tell me all about it! Have an excellent day and stay classy!

SONY DSCThe birthday girl making a wish and blowing out her candles :)

SONY DSCHow awesome is this cake!! Since our older munchkin’s 1st birthday, we’ve always had a friend of ours make their cakes, and we’ve never been let down!! She’s amazing at what she does, and not to mention, really sweet :) Check out some of her past and present works of art at winkle.ca. They really do taste as good as they look :P

SONY DSCWhen accessorizing a bold print, like these pants, you can either play safe and choose a neutral shoe, or do as I did and go all out with a bright color, or even better, a contrasting print. I had to add my pink heels.

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SONY DSCAnother ear cuff from my hopefully expanding collection. I unfortunately didn’t have any great shots of the whole piece, but it was studs like this contouring the whole ear. Really a statement piece.

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SONY DSCTop: Joe Fresh, Pants: Zara, Heels: Sam Edelman, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet & Ear Cuff: Aldo

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