what i wore: nordstrom opening gala

wearing: coutu kitsch jewellery, zara dress (vintage), louis vuitton clutch, topshop heels

i'm doing something new on the blog. you might have noticed that the layout has changed slightly again, with the addition of tumblr and the personal style nature the blog has taken on in the recent years i found it necessary to compartamentalize a little. we have been shooting so many events over the years and they sometimes get lost in the rest of the content on the site. some of the events we go to are also very local, which may be of little interest to those readers who are not familiar with the everyday goings-on of the city. nonetheless, they are all close to our hearts and we want to make sure we have a place for them on the blog. the idea is that all event coverage will now find it's home under the new event tab at the top menu of the blog regardless of wether or not they were ever on the main page. along with some of the other changes happening in the coming weeks, the site will become a little more of a place to explore than it was before. so i welcome you to look around and familiarize yourself with the new aniab.net as it evolves. but enough housekeeping talk...

just last week marked a benchmark in the growth of calgary as a big canadian city. the doors to nordstrom's first international store opened to the public on september 19th, 2014. but before the countdown to what was, hands down, the biggest event of the year, we celebrated in style with the pre-opening gala event for patrons, in support of alberta children's hospital and united way. it was a very bitter sweet moment for tyler and i. as the opening drew nearer, the closer we were to wrapping up our involvement with the project that has really been such a huge part of our lives for what will almost be a year. it never really is a good bye, and we certainly don't intend to move on that quickly. with amazing new projects already under way and the positive public response, nordstrom will remain a big part of our lives, professionally and personally. in the meantime we loved taking the chance to dress up and reconnect with the community during the opening gala. dorian, of coutu kitsch graciously accessorized me for the evening with her amazing body jewellery and i dug out this gem of a gown from my very own zara archives. much pre-dating the angelina red carpet moment this one had to come out to play. perhaps a tad overdressed for the occasion but hell, we have a lot to celebrate.  

another important moment of the night, as you can probably tell was the hair. thanks to some helpful hands at leasa renae and our friends at schwarzkopf professional we were able to do something fun. the initial idea was to achieve a soft wave to go with my first dress choice, that quickly changed and so did the vision for the hair. i got a little ambitious, referencing sonia rykiel's famous body of curls, which threw the plan for a loop. nothing that a good finishing spray can't work through. stay tuned for a how-to post coming next and for more images and links from the night click here. xoxo


such great heights

wearing: joe fresh moto jacket, boyfriend jeans & plaid shirt, keds sneakers, gucci disco bag

these keds have been staring at me since august in anticipation of upcoming fall. with our busy travel schedule for the start of the season we have had little time to enjoy them. thanks to our (very) unexpected indian summer we can bust the sneakers out for a few more days and really play. it couldn't have more perfect timing with the arrival of some exciting pieces from the new joe fresh collection, featured this morning on bt toronto (click here to watch), get them while they're hot as word has it they are already selling out across the country! this colour green, honestly, i don't even mind it's faux leather, definitely my favourite colour for the season. so even though, yes, we're psyched summer is sticking around, together with our overheating studio space and these beautiful layers coming out, the anticipation is growing for cooler temperatures. stay tuned to see some of my other favourite greens coming this week (and get a little preview on instagram in the meantime). xoxo



wearing: bcbg dress, zara sandals

on my way back home from new york i received an e-mail from instagram. it informed me that i have been listed as a suggested user. in case you started to think this was a myth, lo and behold this list actually exists and somehow i managed to get noticed and find myself among the few lucky users to be on it. we suspected that the following would grow but would never imagine that in just a short week that number would more than tripple. this good news came along amidst some other drama happening in the blogosphere, which i now learned to just simply brush off. as a result, what was supposed to be a much celebrated time ended up shrouded with stress. we decided to change all that and bought some shiny balloons to celebrate. if giant, silver numbers weren't enough, during our shoot, people actually thought i was celebrating my 20th birthday (the store does not indeed sell letter balloons). i'll take it. in the end, what an amazing exercise of focusing on the positive. 20,000 is a huge number and i am thankful for the very last one of you who choose to follow all of our adventures. we are so lucky to be able to do the work that we do, and none of that would ever be possible without you guys. so as much as i would love to give all of you a big hug and throw a party to match the size of those balloons, for now the smiles will have to do. thank you again and always. xoxo


what i wore: #styleOBSESSED

wearing: topshop sweater, top, skort & socks, zara heels (similar), daniel wellington watch, all saints necklace

i know i know, i have been slacking on the blog posts lately, but all for good reason. our trip to new york was a great success. seeing it through completely different eyes then when i was there modelling and experiencing teenage angst, let me just say, what a dangerous place for that to happen. coming full circle and this time on the other side of it all. thanks to some wonderful people in my life we were lucky enough to attend some shows and have a nice taste of what fashion week is all about. with the amount of work we had coming into it we did very little planning, apart from seeing the jeff koons' exhibit at the whitney we had a lot of exploring to do... insert shopping joke. coming back home to a flood of things to do is really nice. i feel so connected with calgary and really love to see it flourish the way it has over the last few years. so much more is yet to come. last week we partnered with hudson's bay on a very fun event at their chinook centre court to present my must - haves for fall (read the recap here). i wanted to make sure my outfit topshop gifted me for the occasion was well documented, so, naturally,  i took it back with me to new york to photograph. love that the streets in that city, no matter what corner you turn, are all made for street style. what a great place to grow, BUT not all things are meant to be this easy. we will be back soon enough. xoxo


#styleOBSESSED with hudson's bay

how fast time flies. just a week ago i was lucky enough to welcome fall with a presentation of my must have pieces for the season, alongside elle canada & 424fifth hosted by hudson's bay. i interrupted our visit to new york to be able to attend the event and was it ever worth it. you can say that the greatest things happen in fashion capitals of the world, but nothing compares to the love you get at home. it's really such a treat to see those familiar faces, and some new ones, coming out and being passionate about the fashion industry. so many great things happen and it's an honour to be bringing them home and bridging those gaps. big thanks go to hudson's bay, of course for asking me to participate as one of the presenters, topshop for my outfit, my beautiful models, my assistant for the day, meghan and all my wonderful friends who came to support and help me in light of tyler's abscence <3

first on the agenda, for a bright and early start to the day was the lolë yoga class. a nod to the launch of the newest active wear brand at hudson's bay, those registered for the class enjoyed some complimentary snacks and drinks and an hour of stretching right at the doorstep of the newly renovated hudson's bay at chinook centre

as the start to the fashion portion of the program, tyler and i prepared a short video to introduce the blog and myself to those attending. with my speech prepared and ready to go i proceeded to talk to my favourite pieces of the season. the outfits were prepared around individual items that we all already have in our closets. the statement jacket, the bright colours, the chunky knits... each of my looks revolved around the idea of building an outfit around that favourite piece and adapting it for the current season. with amazing new stock, in store and online, hudson's bay has become a real destination for fashionistas around the city. vince, theory, rebecca taylor, marc by marc jacobs, joie & equipment are only some of the great new labels you can now find.  obsessed with the outfits on all the girls (and boys), below are some of my favourites, along with a curated shopping list of all the items, you're welcome:
maison scotch coat, theory sweater, equipment blouse, a gold e jeans, expression boots, topshop toque


topshop stole, hat & blazer, tory burch sunnies, free people jeans


topshop skirt & blazer, vince blouse, shelley's london boots, kate spade bag


vince sweater & turtleneck, 1 state skirt, frye boots, kensie backpack


topshop jacket & sweater, equipment blouse, free people jeans, material girl heels, ivanka trump belt, marc by marc jacobs bag


once upon a time i had the pleasure of working with anthony and today was an unplanned reunion, thanks to the creative minds at elle canada we got a glimpse of what we can expect to see trending for fall. together with fun pattens, lots of layers and head to toe knitwear, the oversize blazer look was hands down my favourite of the day.
it was a great pleasure meeting jessica for the first time. 424fifth being such a young brand has already come a long way. their coveted sweaters and skirts are making some serious rounds on the bloggosphere and the collections just keep outdoing themselves. for fall they are rocking some amazing oversized  knits and mandatory plaids. we had the pleasure of meeting with the team behind the brand on our new york visit and hope to bring you some exclusive 424 content in the coming months.

as always follow me on instagram for daily updates of what i am up to. below are some snaps that didn't make it to the grid. stay tuned for a post of what i wore to the hudson's bay presentation and your links to shop the outfit. thanks again everyone for coming out. if you have any questions lingering from last weekend don't be shy to reach out at any time. you know where to find me. xoxo