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The crossed dress…

I was going back and forth on buying this dress from Zara; I wasn’t really sure how it would work on me and how it would fit given that I bought it in a size large. I knew that it would be good around my growing 37 week belly but I wasn’t sure how it would be on the rest of my body. Well, the color is what caught my eye to start with, it reminds me of a raspberry ice cream I used to eat when I was little and it was my favourite of all time, so I figured why not just look like a raspberry for the remainder of my pregnancy. I can’t believe there’s not much left till I meet baby girl. This is insane! Time flies by so so fast and it’s really crazy how far I have come…I thought I would never get to the end and now at any moment I will go through this crazy thing called birthing.

Anyway, since I have been color inspired lately, I am continuing on that road because I know that post-partum will be a little dull in the fashion department since I would be focused on keeping baby alive. Besides, this could potentially be my last outfit! Who knows?!! Here’s how I styled the dress…

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I didn’t want to wear a cardigan or a jacket since humidity has been quite crazy lately…so I figured a thin bodysuit would be best. This is also an item from Zara which I have purchased a few months ago and they no longer have it in stores….but what drew me to it was the fact that it seemed so psychedelic 70s…right up my alley; as you all know by now. Since the top and dress were pretty colourful, I decided to keep the accessories pretty muted in color so that the focus doesn’t stray away from this gorgeous dress. What I loved most about it is the tie at the front. They are basically long straps that you can tie any which way you want…I ended up passing it through the bottom to get a tighter fit on the dress which made my belly look cute.

My ankles are severely (not kidding) swollen and I miss looking at my pretty, sexy feet and so the only thing that works for me at the moment are slippers and even at that, they don’t fit well. Le boo!! The perks of being pregnant….I ended up stealing the bag and necklace from my sissy…that’s her department. She’s got a huge collection of accessories that she has accumulated through the years and it’s so adorable…it’s almost like a little shop. Love that she’s kind enough to lend me her things!

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Even though I am quite ready to give birth, as I want my lungs and bladder back, I think I will miss the feeling of baby kicking in my tummy. I feel like I connected on a deeper level with her since her kicks got stronger…it’s such a weird yet fulfilling feeling and I never thought I would like that.


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Jimmi Hendrix meets Freddie Mercury; the pirate edit!

This outfit has got me feeling all kinds of pirate! It’s very Jimi Hendrix meets Freddie Mercury meets Jack Sparrow all in one. I feel so vivacious and alive and honestly I felt like I can conquer the world even though the whole outfit was pretty simply. Again, these featured pants are from a recent haul from Zara and they felt super comfortable when I first tried them on. The pants were so inspiring and what drew me to them was definitely the fact that they were striped and not just any stripes….the pants are shiny with lurex thread all over. The stripes are happy and colourful in a very subtle way, so it is easy to mix and match them with any top; the choices are vast, ahoy! I felt very rock and roll in this particular outfit and it sincerely lift my mood up, since I have been feeling quite bloated recently..haha! Beach whale on the loose! Freddie Mercury will always be my forever crush! He was always so handsome and so on point with all his outfits and I won’t like that I may use him as an inspiration from time to time; he was so bold and so creative with his stage looks and that’s what made his performances even more catchy. He truly was a style icon, a legend, a Queen and a force to be reckoned with but mostly importantly he unapologetically expressed himself through fashion and that is everything! Jimi Hendrix was bold in his own righteous way; he was vibrant, colourful and flamboyant and always mixed colors and patterns so effortlessly. He was a true trendsetter and I feel like I would have been great friends with him! Haha! I mean colors and patterns are my things too!

So clearly I was inspired today to be a rock & roll legend too, as if! But here’s my edit on the famous striped pant:

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I decided to add some vintage items to the look just to feel like I belong in their era. It’s so interesting how one can connect with older generations just by looking at photos and documentaries. I felt like an old soul!

WHAT I WORE

JACKET: Monsoon ♠ SHIRT: Como Black ♠ PANTS: Zara ♠ SHOES: Kenneth Cole Reaction ♠ BAG: Vintage (available on sale on my ETSY shop) ♠ SUNNIES: Brigitte Bardot (Vintage) ♠ NECKLACE: Vintage

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The little Jack Sparrow in me was happy today because I let the rock & roll pirate out. Fashion is so amazing because you can easily transform yourself with clothes into anything you want; you just have to be daring to try new things!


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The print jacket edit!

The heat doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon and so the fewer layers I wear, the better! I opted for a minimal look today, nothing to crazy but still quite girly, fun and feminine. The shirt I am wearing is yet another Zara purchase and it was perfect to wear on this hot day because despite the volume, it is still very light and airy. As I am approaching my due date, I am feeling slightly nervous and incapacitated but I try to keep it positive and clothes help me feel just that. I tend to overthink sometimes and stress for no reason and being a mum is going to be super new for me and I don’t know what to expect. But here I am, ready for a challenge and putting aside my fears, I wanted to share another outfit with you and also document it because I was happy with it.

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I was eyeing this top for a while and I wanted to get the whole co-ord set but they no longer had the pants available which sucks!! But the shirt will do! I like how deep the colors are and that you can easily transition this piece from summer to winter without issues. The floral print is there but not too in your face which makes it subtle but feminine in the best way possible. I love the tie around the waist so you can choose to wear it as a jacket, open, or you can simply cinch it up to your own liking.

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Zara ♠ PANTS: Maternity (thrifted) ♠ SHOES: Expressions (The Bay) ♠ BAG: Ugg (thrifted) ♠ SUNNIES: Unbranded (Local shop in Jericho)

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I honestly don’t know how celebs do it, looking all glam all the time with their heels at 9 months into their pregnancies. I like barely manage to walk in them sometimes not being pregnant…haha! So it is quite the challenge to do so with a big belly. Luckily my heels aren’t too uncomfortable so walking is the easy part, it’s the putting them on and off that’s tiring. So I paired it off with my engagement velvet burgundy shoes for a pop of color and it added just a touch of pizzazz.

I will find it so weird when I start my fashion blog post-baby…I kindda gotten used to the big belly and it will feel weird without it for a while I think. Anyway I am enjoying all the fashion at the moment because who knows when I’ll have time after baby comes.


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Two piece outfit: the co-ords edit!

Finally! I got myself to wear a co-ord, been wanting to do that for a while and Zara came to the rescue yet again. Well sort of! There’s nothing more satisfying than a matching set and it is easy to feel fabulous in them. The matching sets have been storming the fashion world recently and I love that you can create endless combos with just 2 pieces of clothing and you can either go pattern crazy with our bold prints or go with simple colors; either way you’ll for sure turn heads. What I love about cro-ord sets is that they are more versatile than the tailored office dress, more functional than jumpsuits and less corporate than a trouser suit.

Here’s my issue with Zara lately, I find that their prints are fantastic and the next collection seems bomb but I hate shopping there; it’s so confusing to walk through their stores and search through the endless piles of clothes thrown everywhere; so disturbing how much clothes are produced and how many new styles drop in stores on the daily! But sometimes, I fancy something new and when I do, I go to Zara…but lately, I much prefer to shop there online, it’s much easier. Also, can we all talk about how much their size range sucks!!!! It’s so not inclusive, which sucks, because some of us start to feel self-conscious; like I no longer fit in small at Zara and I know that it’s just a number and it’s not a big deal but honestly, what’s with the fashion industry?

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Anyway, since I am pregnant, I ended up buying the co-ord set in a size large and it fit just right and actually the pants were a little snug…so I was contemplating whether I should keep the whole thing or not. Styling these sets is pretty easy because you just wear the pieces together and voila, you’re all set.

WHAT I WORE

TOP: Zara ♣ PANTS: Zara ♣ SHOES: Charles & Keith ♣ EARRINGS: H&M ♣ SUNNIES: Brigitte Bardot Vintage ♣ PURSE: Vintage

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I would have loved to wear heels with this one, but since I am wobbly, I decided to just pair the outfit with these old oxfords I had in my closet and they were just fitting.

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My sister got this vintage 1940s purse from a garage sale a few weeks ago and it was just the perfect finishing touch to wear with this outfit. I felt so lady-like; I figured why not complete it and be a Kennedy!


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A little bit of Schiaparelli in my step…

I don’t know why but I feel like this shirt I recently purchased from Zara really reminds me of Elsa Schiaparelli’s designs. Something about it just takes me back in time and I feel like she too was big on stripes and the fact that they are asymmetrical is even more synonymous with her work. Elsa was a true fashion pioneer; she created the most gorgeous (in a shocking way) designs with ground-breaking textiles and exaggerated silhouettes. Was made Elsa stand out with her works amongst her peers is that fact that she always regarded couture as art…never as a profession; so she was always free to create whatever she wanted and she never restricted herself to the rules that applied. Her influences came from the Islamic and Arabic world was apparent in her work…due to her father being a scholar and her uncle being an astronomer.

In fashion school, fashion history was my favourite class, so much so that I got a 99 final grade! My teacher always told me that I was meant to be in fashion and that I should forever fight to follow my dreams, she was a great push that I needed when I was told I was too veiled to be in the industry. I guess, although the comments made me cry, I kept going and I am still going, because even though the fashion world is shallow (ultimately), it is still accepting of things that are weird and it is a refuge for many bizarre children like me. When we spoke about Schiaparelli in history class, I was so fascinated by her story that I wanted to learn more and more. Her designs, for her time, were quite controversial as she was told (and believed it herself) that she was ugly. This is how I decided that I wanted to simply follow my guts and designs things I loved and for the collections I put out, I didn’t follow any trend but my heart and perhaps there were mixed reviews, but I wouldn’t change anything because at the end of the day, we only live once!

Back to the outfit! I can get so carried away sometimes, it’s so funny, but I feel like fashion truly is my passion (CHEESSYYY)! So this shirt inspired me today to let in inner Schiaparelli out and dress happy. Here’s how the outfit came out:

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Technically speaking, this is a dress and not a shirt, but I don’t mind wearing it either way and so this time around I wore it a shirt, but I am sure that when the baby belly is gone, cinching it up with a wide belt and adding knee-high boots, this will look bomb! It’s in a size medium and currently it fits just perfect.

Wearing heels is a little challenging to be honest, but a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to get her pictures done! Unfortunately I am super struggling to fit in my current shoes and I am so gutted and I hope that my shoe size doesn’t change and comes back to normal because I am not quite ready to part with my collection. The struggle is real people!!! And the cankles are even more real!!!

WHAT I WORE:

DRESS: Zara ◊ PANTS: H&M Maternity ◊ SHOES: Jessica Simpson ◊ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ◊ BAG: Vintage (unbranded) ◊ EARRINGS: Vintage ◊ NECKLACE: DCK Collection

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This vintage purse belongs to my sister and I stole it because it made sense with this whole look. It’s like ugly but pretty at the same time. I feel like this is a piece you either love or hate…maybe because the shape is odd, or maybe because it’s too beaded; don’t know, but I find it adorable with this whole look.


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A melting pot of colors and patterns

Today, I got inspired by this vintage silk striped shirt that belonged to my dad ages ago; it’s a shirt that I have only probably seen him wear in photos. It’s so unique in color and yes, I know it’s a men’s shirt but ain’t no one stopping me from wearing it…besides, I find men’s clothing sometimes much more appealing than women’s…especially in the accessories and the watches department. The blue and black tones are vibrant despite it being a dark shirt; it seriously inspired me to mix and match it with other colors and textures. Although this shirt was given to my brother in law, I ended up acquiring it and will keep it in my wardrobe for the future and plus it’s lined!!!! Extra points! I can just see how easily you can tuck it in a pencil skirt and look super smart or just loose with jeans and a tee…super badass rocker mom!

Here’s how I decided to style it today:

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I felt like the perfect way to style this shirt is to mix it with an even bolder print and it’s nice to be creative and take risks once in a while. Although the shirt was a little too snug, I liked how it came out together. I fell in love with these pants the minute I saw them on the Zara website; the pants come in a co-ord set with a matching top…which they were out of stock and it sucks because I could totes do them together. The pants are currently on sale for 20$ CAD and so, if you like them, I suggest you get them now because stock is running low!

To pull the outfit as a whole, I added the earrings and the red bag. Orange and blue is just so hype and chic…I love these colors together. I don’t always mix colors this way, but I figured taking a little risk won’t hurt.

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Mixing vintage with newer items from your wardrobe in a modern way is always a good idea; it gives you a chance to explore bigger fashion grounds and expand your creativity. But also, you’ll always stand out from the crowd because vintage is not repetitive-unique and one of a kind pieces.


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The 90s: a do-over

We were going out for a little BBQ party today and I figured what a perfect opportunity to dress up all 90s and wear a vintage number in this hot sun. Today’s look is fully inspired by the 90s, more so Liv Tyler and her wonderful effortless style that was always bang on. The movie Heavy was pretty iconic when it came to who Liv Tyler was and what she represented and I truly love the evolution of her looks. The movie was filled with wonderful inspiring looks; from her faded blue denims, to the cutest cardigans, to the layered floral printed slip dresses over the top of fitted tees…they were all outfits that spoke to me deeply.

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This 90s vintage dress gives me Liv Tyler vibes and so inspiring it with a little cardigan was a super obvious choice. In true Liv style, the pièce de résistance would be a pair of Dr. Martens lace-up boots; which would totes add a touch of toughness to the look. But since it’s like 99 degrees outside, I just went for simple oxford slip-ons.

To complete the 90s vibes, I wore a crochet bag and it was super fitting for the event we were going to. Spending the day in the park was great as it was still nature and food! There was a lake and bench and a path to walk in through a small forest and that beautiful. Although it was quite hot, I enjoyed a walk with my sissy and that felt really good.

WHAT I WORE

CARDIGAN: Zara (thrifted) ◊ DRESS: D.B.Y (Vintage-posted on my ETSY) ◊ SHOES: Charles & Keith ◊ SUNNIES: Brigitte Bardot (Vintage) ◊ BAG: Vintage (unbranded)

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It’s a little nice change, since I have been quite stuck in the 70s…doesn’t mean I am done exploring the wide options of the 1970s…I am just giving it a rest to seek other things.


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1970s: Back to Nature!

Obviously I am still on that train; predictable, maybe but I feel like the 1970s just lift my spirits in the best way possible. I have been quite sad these days, being away from Le hubs and going to doctor appointments on my way has taken a little toll on me…and the worst is all the doctors asking where he is and then realizing that his reason for being away is a little stupid. Anyway, nonetheless, I have decided to seek into fashion to stay inspired and happy despite all the circumstances I am going through. The rebellious vibes, the magic and the spirit of the 70s always put a smile on my face. Yay Woodstock! I am pretty sure I was just born in the wrong time. So today’s outfit is also inspired by the 70s: “BACK TO NATURE” which was a popularized slogan at the time which renewed the ideology of fashion. Inspiration from other cultures became a huge part of the industry and India and Morocco became the number one spots to vacation amongst wealthy hippies. I wish I could just go back for that part…it is a huge dream of mine to go to India and roam along the endless yards of colourful fabrics and touch all the textures and beadings…ugh!!! So gutted! The fashion in the 70s became a way for many to escape the Western way of life and connect with nature on a deeper level.

Here’s how I got inspired and connected with nature on a deeper level. It has been my refuge lately and walking along the trees has renewed my hope a little. Sounds dramatic I know, but sometimes, hormones kick in and I get really emotional…haha! The perks of being a preggo! I went with yet another floral item which I really fell in love with the minute I saw it hanging there at Winners; it was in the larger section, but that didn’t stop me. I still took a chance and got it and even though it will be a little too big once the baby is out, it’s still a pretty piece.

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Since the shirt was pretty out there, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple, although in the back depth of my mind, I wanted to go full floral from head to toe…but I know that would have been blinding. I got these pants as a gift from my sissy in law back in Jericho and didn’t wear them much because I felt like they didn’t go with much…but the jersey material and cut of them made me instantly think 70s. Since there are quite long on me, wearing heels was the prefect opportunity. I am 8 months now and walking in heels for a long period of time is not only exhausting but dangerous; never thought in a million years that balance would be an issue in pregnancy. Clog heels are super 70s and I am so glad I own a pair and for today’s outfit they were super fitting.

For another pop of color, I decided to add these H&M blue earrings which I have had for ages and I still love them deeply; they’re the prefect finishing touch to a lot of my outfits and if I would find another pair in a different color, I would get them in a heartbeat.

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: JACHS Girlfriend ♠ PANTS: AGI Dynamic ♠ SHOES: Jessica Simpson ♠ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ♠ EARRINGS: H&M ♠ BAG: Ebay

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So, this is today’s look…probs one of my favourite. The “peasant” feel and the ethnic vibes have always been focal points from which I got inspired both in my designs and in the way I dress. I find that drawing inspiration from different cultures brings us closer to each as humans and there is nothing wrong with that.

 


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Since being diagnosed as a diabetic preggo, it has become a mission of mine to constantly walk to reduce my glucose levels…and not just anywhere, I need to walk in nature where there are trees and flowers and birds and happy moments. Spending those happy moments with family is keeping me quite content and occupied; I no longer feel the need to count down to due date. I either spend my time working on perfecting my online shop, shipping out orders and finding new items to post. I am actually quite excited to share in an upcoming post some of the beautiful things I purchased to stock up my online store; some dresses are to die for!!! If I wasn’t pregnant, I think I would spend my entire summer changing up outfits and trying on dresses till I drop. There’s something just so exhilarating in trying on dresses from different eras, it’s like you almost feel the true essence of it through the clothes. Currently, I am dreaming of the 70s; Cher’s epic and bold style, Joni Mitchell’s exotic flare, Charo’s top bun and Barbra Streisand’s boobilicious body…uh, I can just stay there forever. I am craving to be creative but sometimes my little belly limits me from dressing up super fashion. So, here’s how I got inspired in my own way by the 70s…

I wore high waisted blackish/silver metallic culottes. They’re my regular non-maternity trousers, so since they were giving me a bit of a funny crotch situations, I had to hide it with a loose fitting top and this one is stolen from my sister’s wardrobe; that’s the true beauty of having siblings, you just get to steal their clothes without and, ifs or buts.

Since my shoe wardrobe department is quite limited these days, I opted for slides and that works out perfectly to easily slip in and out of them.

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To maintain that 70s vibe, I threw on my veil as a little headscarf; super free-spirited and wild of me, I know!

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Overall, nature, lately, has been my refuge and I am quite happy with just needing that at the moment to stay positive and refreshed. I feel like the more I spend time outside, the less I stress about giving birth…so here’s to another 2 months of walking in parks and enjoying the sunshine!

 


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A visit to “Maison Lavande”

If you’re in Montreal and you’re bored to bits and pieces and have nothing to do for the next couple of weekends, then why don’t you go to the lavender fields in St-Eustache? It has always been a little girl dream of mine to walk in those purple fields for hours and dance around as the wind blows the lavender beautiful therapeutic sent up my nostrils. Finally, with the push of my little darling niece who also wanted to go, I ended pursing the rest of the family to join in for a healing journey. You can spend the entire day walking around, taking photos, strolling, relaxing and picnicking all for the price of 10$ per person (or free for those under 11). It was totes worth it. Even though, I expected the smell of lavenders to just waft up my nose and wrap me overwhelmingly but the smell was mild. I still highly recommend you visit Maison Lavande for a day of family fun. Even though it was busy, it was still relaxing to sit in the fields and enjoy the sun. I fell in love immediately and felt serene throughout the whole visit.

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So in today’s post, I wanted to share some photos of the place along with some outfit details…since I have been a little MIA lately; growing by the second here and haven’t been inspired to dress fancy.

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You will have plenty to do and see there and I promise you won’t even want to check the time because you’ll absolutely love it. I also recommend you try tasting something from the Bistro; either a fresh and cold lavender juice or a lavender frozen yogurt….so delicious and punchy, in a good way!

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As for my outfit, I went for something comfortable and somewhat monochrome…I mean I did want to take loads of pictures in the fields…so I didn’t want to wear something too colourful and crazy because I wanted the main focus to be on the gorgeous lavender plants. So I went for a pink/salmon color scheme and wore a dress I owned previously but haven’t put in a while as a shirt and just added my maternity jeans; pretty simple and straightforward–nothing too avant-garde! So to keep that salmon scheme going, I wore my current favourite rose pink flat mules from Kenneth Cole Reaction and those cute little pompom pinkish earrings.

WHAT I WORE

DRESS: Pink Rose ♥ JEANS: Thyme Maternity ♥ SHOES: Kenneth Cole Reaction ♥ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ♥EARRINGS: Claire’s

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I suggest you hit up the fields this month because the flowers are super in bloom and so you’ll fully take advantage of the view!