Day 10

Black & White Week

When I came up with the idea for 25 Days 25 Looks I knew I wanted to devote a week of treatment to black and white outfits. This combination is so graphic and really makes a strong style statement. When wearing black & white the details are important so pay attention to mine and you can easily get this look yourself. For the shots this week, my photographer and I had fun shooting in the area near Princess Margaret over the holiday weekend. I hope you enjoy Black and White Week!

Fave Skirt

This Lord & Taylor fringe skirt I purchased for $13 at a little known place of fabulous finds. In Etobicoke at Kipling and the Queensway there is a crappy strip mall with a Zellers outlet. It’s not Zellers. It’s Hudson’s Bay and they have great stuff! I find it easier to shop than Winners or Marshall’s because it is better organized. They have smaller circular racks usually sorted by brand as opposed to long racks by size.

Style Details

I love the quality of this skirt. The fringe is put on expertly and accurately with no gaps at back where the zipper and seam are. This fringe provides visual interest and texture. I paired this with a simple white Top Shop t-shirt which has some appliqué lace trim. The watch is a Swatch with a see through face and the mechanisms are all different colours. I also wore this delicate Shanghai Tang bracelet which has an Asian print in silver, black, white and red. The fringe on the skirt and these interesting accessories are the details that take this outfit from boring to high style.

Mind Over Matter

In Week 2, I blogged about how important diet and exercise is to recovery. Keeping your mind active is also important. This initiative is my way of keeping my brain working. Determining the looks and scheduling them, writing the content and shooting the looks are all activities that require brain power and keep me busy. I don’t have time to dwell on survival stats or re-occurrence rates -fashion and style are in my thoughts 24-7. Looking good gives me a positive outlook towards my treatment. It doesn’t hurt that I get a couple of looks while walking the halls of Princess Margaret.

Unit 10 was a little behind today so I took the opportunity to try out a recliner chair. So worth it! It was quite relaxing and the selfie turned out great!

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Spring Likes

MY TOP 2

While recovering from surgery in March I had plenty time to relax and read fashion mags. The 2 trends I gravitated towards were corsettes and transparency.

I fell in love with Miu Miu’s 50s style bikinis. I loved the high waist and cut away details. The colours and patterns were also fresh and retro at the same time. Bravissima Miuccia!

On my wish list is the corsette jacket from La Perla. It is structured elegance! Although black would be the most long wearing colour it looks stunning in baby blue because you can really see the construction of the garment and the details.corset-jacket.jpg

What can I say about my love of transparency – it never ends! This season I love the patchwork and lace at Erdem as well as the fabric panels and toile at Louis Vuitton. Honourable mention goes to Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen for fabric panels in orderly stripes.

I was so lucky to add this transparent jacket with flower embroidery to my wardrobe a couple of weeks ago. I was browsing the clearance rack at Top Shop when I came across this beauty.

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PAPER FASHION

I created 4 looks for the dolls for Spring.

On the left are 2 corsette and skirt sets inspired by Miu Miu. I also added some transparent cut-outs to the yellow print skirt.

On the right are 2 transparent skirts with similar tops. I wanted the attention to be placed on the skirts.

2017 COLOR

HAPPY NEW YEAR FASHIONISTAS!

I welcome 2017 with colours. specifically the PANTONE Colour of 2017 – Greenery.

Greenery represents nature and revitalization. Something we could all use after 2016. At the Spring 2017 shows, Louis Vuitton captured the essence of Greenery with sharp pantsuits that reminded me of tart green apples.

The Pantone Fashion colour of 2017 is Niagara. Flowing water and deep lakes, Niagara is also a revitalizing colour. Louise Vuitton also hit it with this lovely flowy dress. I want this so bad! This pleated shirt from Celine is a reminder of cascading water. Probably something you can pick up at H&M or Zara at a reasonable price point. Denim can also be an interpretation of Niagara and Altuzarra’s embroidered denim skirt is another item on my Spring “must-haves” list.

I created a cropped, bat wing top out of this beautiful origami paper from Muji.I love how fresh this shade of green looks. It gives the promise of a great year for 2017. Hope you enjoyed this colour report and let me know what your colour is for 2017. Cheers!

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TWEED QUEEN

My final stop on my Black Friday Shopping morning at Yorkdale was White House – Black Market at 8:10am. Their skirts fit me so well. I now have 4 which includes this new tweed, faux wrap skirt.skirt

From my graphic proposal post, you may remember I featured skirts from Prada’s SS2016 show. This skirt from WHBM caught my eye as very close to the Prada version. I’ve paired it with black merino wool sweater from JCrew and Franco Sarto riding boots. The necklace is from Blooimingdale’s which I picked up from clearance bin for $18.

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