the day after

wearing: smart set blouse & skirt

the hero of our second instalment of the smart set 1 piece 10 styles project is the tulle skirt. with the holidays just around the corner it's a great piece to play with for a fun christmas party outfit. if you have a structured underlining you can throw in, you can easily create added volume, throw on a fitted top and you have a cute ballerina look, and with a blazer it's even perfectly suitable for the office. i decided to do something different with my outfit. taking advantage of what's left of warm days i gave my skirt a casual makeover. if sneakers weren't enough to take a look from night to day in seconds, the plaid blouse gives it that extra laid back vibe. this will be your day-after outfit, when you are too tired to stand in front of the mirror making sartorial decisions and want to literally throw on last night's clothes. switching to a casual top helps give the skirt a fresh new perspective and makes it the versatile piece you can wear over and over again. because we all know those are the pieces that will stand the test of time. don't limit your cocktail wardrobe to events and special outings. you will never get the use out of your beautiful pieces if they are waiting on the racks collecting dust. adding sporty elements and more casual accents helps bring it down a notch. my personal favourite is pairing midi skirts with oversized sweaters, ala dentelle & flours, check out the rest of the girls styling their skirts for both day and night below, and special guest this month, eleni from convey the moment. you can also follow along on instagram with the hashtag #smartset1p10s. xoxo
  

#wmcfw - mackage s/s 2015

the common thread in the mackage spring collection was one of the most identifiable of all the shows this season. highlighter pinks and yellows and lots of cobalt blues, the colours marched up and down the runway and alternated between coats, accessories and even pants. perforated leather wrap skirts with white and black basics were another indication of an exciting spring season ahead. sportswear is here to stay and looks better then ever with more feminine elements like silks and fringe. together with the more recent mackage spring preview at holt renfrew we have a pretty good head start on the upcoming trends and the complete guide to the palettes that will completing our closets. i can't wait for the mix of nudes, blacks and neons. a special thank you goes out to suasion boutique for helping us with the show season this year. xoxo

   

them chains


i can't even believe that i am doing this but i am sitting in line for alexander wang x hm. and i totally hear you (and my voice of reason): why are you lining up at 3am for a collection that you already got to feel, smell and buy over three weeks ago in new york city with alexander wang in the same room as you of all places. i get it, crazy! and on top of that have gotten completely sabotaged by the mall cop at this god forsaken place, resulting in going from first in line to having to go in with the second group! the horror! BUT i gotta tell you, i did not anticipate to fall in love with this collection as hard as i have. after leaving new york, with my heart beating a million miles a minute i wished that i had been a lot more brave about my buy. BUY NOW, DECIDE LATER. i guess it's not as easy to follow when off home turf. all of a sudden i realized that i do, after all, want the boxing gloves, and hell, i didn't even see the tear away leather joggers. i'm feeling pretty passionately about this right now, mostly because i haven't slept all night and it is, currently 6am. 

the only thing keeping my mind off of this less-than-ideal situation are these images waiting to be posted from our ooh la la visit last week. what an amazing run has moschino had this past season. chris did calgary a huge solid with ordering this collection. i was a little late for the mcdonalds inspired set (the fry phone cases are still up for grabs) but this quilted denim, chain trimmed jacket sure makes for a fine substitute. obsessed with jeremy scott's fresh perspective on the brand and the fun take on otherwise everyday things. you can quote me when you see that fruit loops dress in person. to die for! xoxo

   


plenty for fall

wearing: monk & lou top and skirt (plenty), marciano hat, topshop boots, gucci bag

despite some unexpected, and very temporary, flurries during the last few months, i am pretty impressed with how long our fall is lasting. the misconception of calgary being the coldest place on earth (as coined by many canadians along our travels) just needs to be put to bed. calgary is actually one of the sunniest places i have ever been to. so much in fact, it even presents issues when shooting for the blog... shade is our friend when it comes to picture taking. some of my favourite things about fall are the colours. i never thought i would be into jewel tones as much as i have been this year. black, of course is always on top of the list. it's tricky to be able to wear all black in a non-uniform kind of way (think makeup counters or back of house at fashion shows). the zipper detail on this monk & lou skirt and the fabric texture on the whole plenty set gives the outfit an added dimension. throwing in accessories or chosing pieces with that certain je ne sais quoi will definitely step up your black on black... on black game. right now you can use the code ANIA25 until the end of november and get 25% off your entire plenty online purchase, including sale items. consider this a nod to our beautiful fall season. xoxo

   

#wmcfw - mercedes benz sartup s/s 2015

to feast your eyes on this beautiful sunday afternoon, here are some shots we took during the mercedes benz start up competition at this past toronto fashion week. what better than six incredibly talented designers showcasing some of their best work in canada's fashion capital. having seen some of this emerging talent right here at home for park luxe we were excited to follow up from the other side of the runway. sid neigum took home the coveted prize of $30,000 and a fully produced show at world master card fashion week next season. he continued to collect praise during the presentations, later snatching up the minnie mouse prize for the best minnie inspired design at the disney sponsored event. xoxo