shoes: nine west fall giveaway

wearing: nine west shoes, bag & necklace, equipment top, zara skirt

after a really long weekend of (mostly) driving we are in victoria... almost. i am writing this post on the ferry over, still trying to figure out wifi. oh canada! why are you so challenged?! there is a whole list of things that went so wrong in the last few days. of course, as a hardcore planner i get thrown for a loop when things go sideways and this weekend was a lesson in patience. true, we have acquired many coverable items (more on that a little later... also anyone know a good leather cleaner? *wink wink*) but boy am i tired. now i found out that my blog has been really lagging on the retina display front and am i ever freaked out. basically, after getting a new laptop and uploading some images it turns out that the sharper screens are testing the resolution of my pre-sized images. yea! #bloggerproblems but guys this is serious!

but enough about me. let's talk about shoes, shall we. it has been an amazing start to the fall season. between the new agency and dealing with the new studio space (so soon) there has been little time for play. so what better time to take some outfit photos then on the road, somewhere in small town america, stranded without a hotel without wifi and with a suitcase full of clothes. done and done! a very exciting collaboration snuck up on us between nine west and instyle magazine (now in stores), a capsule collection designed just in time for fall by the editors of instyle. i had a really hard time deciding on that final shoe. i was stuck between the black jaiden and the wine and leopard cates. finally it came down to my love for burgundy, and maybe a little with their similarity to a pair of wangs i have had my eye on for some time now. harder even was the decision of which bag i walked away with. the inner dialogue of leopard vs. black, impossible to chose. that came down to a quick game of eenie, meenie, miney, moe

that's not it of course. now it's YOUR turn to walk away with some shoe-spiration. you can enter to win a $100 gift card to nine west by entering your comments here and on instagram. you have to follow @aniab & @ninewestcanada on instagram and have a canadian address to be eligible. *tell us which pair you are crushing on and remember to leave your contact information* the contest will be open for one week and i will announce the winner next tuesday (august 25th) morning. good luck and as always > happy shopping! xoxo

  

like butter

wearing: kit & ace tank, h&m skirt, bcbg shoes

last week you got an insight into our amazing trip to vancouver with the kit & ace team, so this week i want to share my take on styling the new favourite basics (you just gotta feel them). the fabrics are pre-shrunk and fully washable to add functionality to our already hectic lives, and did i mention how they feel like butter. funny enough, the whole outfit is from our trip to the coast. so easy to get lost in shopping especially when fall stock is hitting the shelves. although a funny time to transition into layers. not sure if i'm ready yet. we still have a few good weeks ahead and we are gearing up for our trip to new york, which is coming up soon. we might already be thinking of making it a yearly thing. a huge amount of changes coming this week, including our new studio. beyond excited to have a space to shoot outfits in the winter, more even, about having an all white and concrete loft to decorate. stay tuned for pics. xoxo

  

my weekend with kit & ace


this past weekend was easily one of the biggest highlights of this summer, and a huge thank you goes to the team at kit & ace for making it all happen. a shroud of secrecy surrounded the original e-mails but the deal was that we get to spend a weekend in vancouver. so... a no brainer. even sleuthing on randa's part didn't produce many clues. very intriguing. summer has been flying by, and before we knew it, it was time to hop on the plane. 

we arrived at the beautiful loden hotel in the heart of vancouver's downtown, marvelled at the unmistakably perfect selfie light in the room and unpacked our welcome gifts, still not being told a thing. shopping was of course one of the first items on the agenda as the schedule had a couple of free hours until everyone else's arrival. we got to the lobby (dressed for a party) to meet some familiar faces and get acquainted with new ones. alyssa (ordinary people) and the girls from kastor & pollux, who we finally got to meet in person, were our fellow canucks, while laura (on the racks), krystal (this time tomorrow), oksana (wear see snap), andy (andy heart) & jennie (margo & me) came to visit from the neighboring usa. 

the theme of the weekend, was creating conversations. from the conversations that we had at breakfast, to those at the launch of the kit & ace online store to our supper club at the kit & ace studio in gastown, the air was that of camaraderie. i can't even begin to explain how amazing it was to be surrounded by like minded people, girls who are trying to tread through the world of blogging and are figuring everything out for the first time. more amazing, even, is the fact we all come from so many different places but the challenges are still the same. 

visiting the beautiful modular space that has become the kit & ace studio and pop-up was an honour, participating in design meetings and getting a behind the scenes look into the world of technical cashmere, a real treat. a weekend full of activities followed, including a bike tour of the beautiful stanley park and a visit to granville island.

dinner of note was definitely that prepared for us by the chef of a local favourite, farmer's apprentice. david gunawan turned the kit & ace alterations space into his kitchen for the night. the full five course meal of amazing west coast staples featured the most delicious halibut i have ever tasted, in tomato and cumin broth. it would be a lie to say we didn't also enjoy the amazing organic wines hand picked by the chef, accompanying every course. to our surprise phones were off limits for the night, and the focus was on face to face communication, which, as any blogger will tell you, is a line that gets blurred often. we thoroughly enjoyed the discussions started with the 'real talk' question cards created by the design team. a must for those who love to entertain (also available at the store).

all this, was not, however, an accident. we were there for a reason and hand selected to be part of something bigger.  come november (and earlier in some cases) each of our respective cities will be welcoming their very own kit & ace design studio and pop-up. the plan is to continue the conversations we started in vancouver and carry them across the continent (and eventually the world). in all this, the softest and smoothest basics. starting with t-shirts and moving into full apparel coming fall, integrity and transparency is a key element at the core of the brand. engagement from the creative class is the way kit & ace hopes to get involved in our local communities. personally we can't wait to use some of those real talk cards right here at home. for now, a look at our weekend with kit & ace:


xoxo