Happy Weekend + Links I Love

screen grabHappy weekend, friends. Got any exciting weekend plans? Last night, I caught the world premiere of the family drama/heist thriller, The Forger (John Travolta, Tye Sheridan, Christopher Plummer, Abigail Spencer). I love attending TIFF premieres as the cast introduces the film and it’s always a treat to watch along with them.

Fall weather is definitely around the bend. Last night, we got a taste of what’s to come and I had to bundle up in a chunky knit sweater, scarf and fall jacket. If you’re laying low this weekend, here’s a roundup of links worth checking out…

+ Must-read: I really enjoyed reading this profile on Viola Davis. She landed the starring role, a criminal law professor in the upcoming series, “How to Get Away with Murder” which debuts on September 25 on ABC.

+ Caitlin Cronenberg captured the most exquisite portraits of stars at The Toronto International Film Festival. And if you still want more, check out these beautiful portraits shot by Justin Bishop for Vanity Fair.

+ Chriselle gives us a rundown of how she minimizes her stress in the mornings.

+ Fashion month’s first lap has ended and there’s a lot to digest. Standout collections: Alexander Wang’s ode to sneakers and Ralph Lauren’s romantic safari.

+ Perspiration inspiration: Runway beauty looks at Alexander Wang and Creatures of the Wind were inspired by sweaty, glowing faces and slick, “I just worked out” hair.

+ Style on the streets: Denim on denim and model off duty style.

+ The simple life: Living in a dumpster was the best move this University professor ever made.

+ I swear I could eat these Baked Chicken Nuggets all day, everyday. Oh, and while I am at it, these Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders.

+ Layered love: Tres leches trifle with macerated strawberries. The perfect way to hold onto summer just a wee bit longer.

+ Girl power: This career profile on Associate Real Estate Broker Christian Ross is pretty inspiring.

+ TED Talk for your weekend: I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace. I found this talk to be incredibly eye-opening and moving. A valuable lesson in empathy.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

(Screen shot of Viola Davis in the upcoming network series, “How to Get Away with Murder”)

NYFW Spring 2015 :: Fringe Benefits to Leather Love

As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, let’s take a moment to revel in the incredibly inspiring street style we’ve witnessed. The fashion set hit the sidewalks decked out in fringe, leather, and crop tops. Here’s a roundup of eye-catching looks spotted off the runway.

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Which trends are you loving?

(Photos from Collage Vintage, Style.com, Vanessa Jackman, Vogue, Vogue Espana, Vogue Mexico, W Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily)

Paris Couture Fashion Week AW 2014 :: Final Look

As the final days of summer slip away and we gear up to welcome fall in all it’s glory (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I’m looking at you!), let’s take one final look at the inspiring outfits spotted outside the Haute Couture shows in Paris…

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Let the countdown begin. We’re only 2 weeks away from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015. Tune in to the live stream starting September 4.

(Photos from Athens Streetstyle, The Cut, The Urban Spotter, Vogue)

Happy Tuesday + Links I Love

balenciagaHappy Tuesday! Hope you all had a relaxing weekend. Did you catch the World Cup Final on Sunday? I soaked up all the action in a sports bar with one of my closest friends over apple cider beer and munchies. Both teams put on an amazing performance and the atmosphere was intense. I’ve developed a new-found respect for goalkeepers, especially German goalie Manuel Neuer who makes stopping shots look like child’s play. Oh and he’s such a hottie!

Here’s a roundup of the links I’m loving this week…

+ Lauren Conrad shares her summer nail polish picks. I think I’ll give tangerine a try this summer!

+ Love this post from Peace Love Shea on dressing to impress ourselves.

+ Supermodel and classically trained ballerina Karlie Kloss shares her summertime fitness tips.

+ 3 Facts About the Psychology of Air Travel.

+ Spending a night in a tree house is on my must-do list. I’ll be bookmarking this list of tree house hotels from around the world.

+ The best campaigns of Autumn/Winter 2014/2015: Tom Ford, Chanel, Balenciaga, Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and Alberta Ferretti all make the cut.

+ Carin’s photos from the Dior Haute Couture show are out of this world.

+ These Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshakes look and sound divine.

+ Stephanie teamed up with eLUXE to release limited edition tees! I can’t wait to get my hands on the NORTHNORTH tee.

+ For all the Pinterest addicts: Pinterest’s Head of Product shares the company’s unique approach to building new features users love.

(Photo via Vogue Australia)

 

Drop waist dress :: Three ways

Last summer, I couldn’t get enough of the skater dress. This summer, I’ll be embracing the drop waist dress. Here are three different takes on the warm weather staple from three of my favourite fashion bloggers…

Option 1: Dressy Casual

drop waist gal meets glamGal Meets Glam blogger Julia Engel styled her striped drop waist dress with a jean jacket and ankle strap sandals.

Option 2: Casual

damsel in dior drop waist dressJacey of Damsel in Dior paired this drop waist dress in the most gorgeous print with gladiator sandals. The perfect way to stay cool at music festivals and other outdoor events.

Option 3: Dressy

drop waist dress christineChristine, the Chicago-based blogger behind The View From 5 ft. 2 wore her little black drop waist peplum dress (with pockets!) with these pretty snakeskin heels and a statement necklace.

With summer right around the corner (here’s hoping), I’ve rounded up a few favourites I’d love to slip into this summer:

girl talk dressNasty Gal Girl Talk Dress

free people drop waist

Free People Moonlight Dancer Dress

keepsake dress

keepsake Strangers Dress in Botanical Peach Print from Revolve Clothing

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Michael Stars Drop Waist Embellished Dress from Revolve Clothing

dolce vita dress

Dolce Vita Inigo Dress from Revolve Clothing

Happy shopping!

Chic Ways to Wear a Crop Top

Crop tops are back on the scene in a major way this season. Here’s a roundup of ways to get the look without flashing too much skin…

gal meets glam crop toppair a crop top with a sweater and leather shorts via Gal Meets Glam

kate davidson hudson crop toppair a crop top with a midi skirt via Style.com

crop top and high waisted skirtpair a crop top with a high waisted skirt via With Love From Kat

cropped top + boyfriend jeans

wear a cropped long sleeve poplin shirt with distressed boyfriend jeans via Neon Blush

kat in striped crop toppair a striped crop top with denim jacket and eyelet full skirt via With Love From Kat

black crop top and white pencil skirtpair a crop top with a knee-length skirt via A Love is Blind

pinstripe coatlayer a long pinstripe coat over a striped crop top via Walk in Wonderland

crop top and bermuda shorts

pair a crop top with Bermuda shorts via Song of Style

crop top and linen shorts

wear a crop top with high waisted linen shorts and sandals via Song of Style

cropped top + skort

pair a sleeveless crop top with a vest and skort via Neon Blush

mesh crop topwear a mesh crop top over a floral dress via Damsel in Dior

cropped top and maxi

wear a crop top with a maxi skirt and sandals via Seams for a Desire

crop top and trousers

wear a crop top with a denim jacket, trousers and oxfords via Neon Blush

cropped top and overalls

wear a crop top with overalls and heels via Ring My Bell

cropped top + sweat pants

wear a crop top with joggers via Neon Blush

crop top + ywllow shorts

wear an eyelet crop top with linen shorts via Sincerely Jules

 Are you a fan of crop tops? What’s your favourite way to style them?

 

Australia Fashion Week :: 10 things I loved

Australia Fashion Week has come to a close. Stand-out moments were too many to count, but somehow I managed to narrow things down. Here’s a roundup of 10 things I’m loving from the shows…

alessandra ambrosia for alex perry

Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosia walked for Alex Perry.

we are handsome

Models at We Are Handsome showed us a new way to wear snakeskin.

flowers in mouth

For the Maticevski finale, models wore flowers in their mouths.

embellished sweatshirt

This embellished sweatshirt at Alex Maticevski is to die for.

alice McCall

Clean, light, airy looks at Alice McCall.

necklaces at afw

Cool accessories at Maticevski.

metallic gold eyes

Golden eyes at Bec and Bridge.

ombre fringe looks

Ombre fringe at Aurelio Costarella.

cool caps

Cool caps backstage at Raffles.

futuristic

Futuristic headgear, flowing dresses and fur toppers at Carla Zampatti.

(Photos from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Vogue Australia)

Lookbook :: Mango Summer 2014 campaign

I first came across Andreea Diaconu in this model-off-duty shot from Paris Fashion Week and fell in love with her laid-back style.

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Then I spotted her in the H&M Conscious Spring 2014 lookbook.

And now, the Romanian model showcases Mango’s surfer girl-inspired collection. I’m really loving the blue and white palette. Light, airy and perfectly beach-ready.

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She also looks stunning in the brand’s ‘Minimal Cuts’ collection:

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Who’s ready for summer?!

(Top photo from Vogue Espana, lookbook photos from Mango)

Editorial :: Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton Spring 2014

Golden Globe Award-winning actress Michelle Williams returns as the face of Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer ads. With her timeless beauty and adorable pixie cut, Williams shows off the French brand’s ‘city’ bags – the redesigned Lockit, the Capucines, and the Alma.

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh and styled by former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, the campaign will debut in magazines next month.

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P.S. I’m dying over her bright red and fuschia lips and matching nails. I can’t wait for summer!

Watch the video from her Fall 2013 campaign with the brand below:

(Photos from Fashionista, Women’s Wear Daily)