Thursday, 15 June 2017

I've been wanting to do a post for the fella's and what better time than for Father's Day?!

Marco and I were married for three years before deciding we were ready for parenthood and since becoming parents, I can easily say that I love him more today than when we married. Seeing him become a dad allowed me to see this new side of him that I don't think he even knew he had! In our family, both Marco and I share all of the responsibilities and chores - it's what works for us. He cooks as much as I do, does diaper duty, laundry and the list goes on and on. Our marriage has always been fifty/fifty and when we added babies to our family, it now feels like we both do 100/100; it's a busy time but such a happy and fulfilling one!

If you have been struggling with what to get your father and or hubby, this Sunday, you've come to the right place! I have put together a list of a few gift ideas to help you out. Marco helped curate this list so it's guy-approved :)

Here we go!

For the Foodie: 

We all know that subscription boxes are all the rage now. This one delivers six full-sized products every two months for the foodie in your life. You can opt to purchase one, three or six boxes. He'll love it so much, he may not want to share. 

For the Sporty Dad: 


Not only will this jacket keep your guy dry, it will look amazing on him. Helly Hanson makes great waterproof and breathable coats that are perfect for his outdoor activities. It comes in four classic colours. Shop the look here



For the Techie-Father


The Kobo Aura is the perfect gift for those who commute and travel; the Kobo can hold up to 3,000 books and it allows you to read in direct sunlight without glare, just like a real book but without the bulky weight! You can shop the Kobo here.  

For the Fashion Forward: 


These sleek white runners have become my personal fave for guys. They look so good dressed up or down. Wear them with jeans or roll up your khakis for a relaxed look. They are available in white and black. They are unisex so you may also want to order a pair for yourself. Shop them here.  

For the Coffee-Lover: 

 

With summer days ahead of us, get him a coffee tool he'll love. He can make his morning coffees and pour it into his HyperChiller and have iced coffee in about a minute. Cold coffee with zero diluting. Pick it up here.  

For the Traveller: 
I'm a such a sucker for good quality weekender bags. I found this ultra sleek, cruelty-free, Canadian-made weekender bag. It also comes in several colours here


For the Classic Dad: 
My dad doesn't collect things, but if he could, he'd collect watches. He loves the classic styles like this classic Tissot Le Locle leather watch. It's Swiss-automatic and is water resistant to 99 feet. Shop it on Amazon here


The Outdoorsman: 
You can find Ray Bans that suit every dad's style. From the Wayfarer to the classic Aviators, there's a Ray Ban for every papa. You can check out all the styles here.  

The Music Lover:  


Okay, so most guys love bluetooth - anything bluetooth is usually a score. I chose this speaker because of its beautiful minimalist design; Marco chose it because of its amazing sound. Shop the speaker here.


For the New Dad: 


When Marco and I first had our son, one of the things he cared about having a say in was the diaper bag we used. He wanted a diaper bag that looked great and didn't really give the diaper bag vibes. (You know which ones I'm talking about). We ended up deciding on a sleek, grey messenger bag that although was a diaper bag, looked nothing like the traditional ones. 

This backpack converts into a messenger and a shoulder bag. It has an oversized front zip pocket for diapers and other essentials, has a large main compartment divided with pockets and includes a cushioned changing pad for your babe.  Basically, the new dad will thank you. Shop this look here


For the World's Greatest:



Because come on, how cute are they?! You can shop these cute mugs here.

Whatever you may end up picking up for the great dads in your life, I hope it's a memorable day full of love. 

xo,
Desirée

Sunday, 11 June 2017


Let's talk about a very important issue that is sometimes largely overlooked when it comes to fashion.  We often look at our outfits, planning each layer and piece, down to the final detail but overlook the most important foundation - our undergarments. Did you know that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size? 80%! Bras can make or break outfits that we have so carefully put together so it only makes sense that we give some thought to what you'll be wearing under your outfit! In this post, I want to highlight three of the most important bras in my wardrobe and how they work with three different outfits. But first, a little background to what led me to this...

A few years back, I was talking to my sister and some of our friends and we were sharing our frustrations about finding the right bra sizes. Like most of us, I used to go to the mall and buy (what I thought) was my size. I would shell out tons of cash on pretty bras that were worthless on me or my body shape because they were the wrong size, the back band would always ride up and I was constantly having to adjust it. One of my sister's friends shared her same frustrations and told me that she had found a place that actually carries a large range of sizes. After years of spending so much on bras that were ill-fitting, I decided to give it a try.

I first visited Inside Story's Mississauga location and loved the boutique style. The ladies there were kind and took the time to ask me what my bra needs were and were able to provide me with several options - sans measuring tape! That's how good they are at figuring you what size you need. With each bra type and style they brought to me in my gorgeous fitting room, we were able to really figure out what looked and felt great to me. Seriously girls, I can't tell you the satisfaction I had walking out of there, wearing my new bra home - for the first time, I felt incredibly comfortable and confident in my own skin. That was four years ago and I have never looked back! I have continued shopping at both of their locations, there's one downtown Oakville as well! Both locations make you feel like you have just walked into a little Paris boutique. The personalized shopping experience doesn't end there - Inside Story keeps your styles and sizes on file so that you can phone in your orders when there are sales and cannot get to there store on time. How great is that?! Grab a girlfriend and check out Inside Story, trust me, you'll love the experience.



Here are my current favourite bras.

The Strapless

As we all know, off-the-shoulder looks are hot this spring and summer. They began making a comeback last summer and they aren't going anywhere this year either.  I often feel like I can't wear strapless bras because of my bigger chest size but this bra made me feel confident. The smooth fit was perfect under this light and breezy OTS top and because I'm wearing a nude colour, it was perfect under the white colour. My favourite thing about this particular style however was that it creates a lift and it actually makes you look lighter - yay. Because it is a convertible bra, you can actually adjust the straps to several looks (i.e. crossback). And for my petite girls, it actually provides two places where it can hook so it allows the straps to sit on a more narrow back if needed. You can shop this look here.



The T-shirt Bra: (PrimaDonna)
After having spent so much time putting your outfit together,  the last thing you want is to look at your reflection and realize that your bra has made strange shapes in your t-shirt. Definitely not the cute look you were going for! This bra takes care of all of that. Once you find the one that fits like it was made for you, it is absolutely seamless under form-fitting clothing. Because of its soft padded cups, it provides support and coverage so you can confidently wear what you want!



The minimizer: Chantelle (Hedona)
One of their most popular bras (and I can see why!) is the Chantelle Hedona. It provides full coverage and support but it is so seamless that it can also be worn under form-fitting clothing. Because of its soft moulded cups, it provides a minimizing look which I loved! It is a beautiful bra and has beautiful details. This has been one of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn! You can find this bra here.




I hope this has helped build on your foundation pieces or helped you get started. Make sure to visit Inside Story if you have any questions about the bras I mentioned above or for your own bra fitting!

Saturday, 20 May 2017


So Spring is in full swing and that also means, it's officially wedding season. Have you started RSVPing to those invites yet? If you have, you've probably also started thinking about what you'll wear. Well, you my friend, are in luck! In Spring, the prettiest dresses can be found in most stores and boutiques so there are so many beautiful options! I've put together a few options for you, from romantic to black tie, so grab a coffee and let's get started!

Where to begin...

Dress Code: The most important thing to note, is the type of wedding it will be. Knowing where or what type of wedding it is will let you know what type of attire to wear. For example, the invitation will usually note if it is a black tie/formal or a destination wedding. Always begin here. It's a bit awkward to show up over or underdressed so look into it first!

Wearing White: You don't want to draw attention away the bride - it is after all, her day! One thing to note is that you should never wear white to a wedding. You probably have heard this a million times but let me tell you, it still happens! (Trust me, someone did it at my wedding - yep, let's not get into that right now though). The only time that this is acceptable is of course, if the invitation calls for an all-white dress code. Other than that, leave the white dress for the Bride. You should also steer clear from wearing white, cream or eggshell to any wedding showers and or wedding events (dress rehearsal dinner, etc).

Wearing Black: People still question whether it is okay to wear a little black dress to a wedding. It is! A few years ago, this would have been off-limits but today, it is totally acceptable and appropriate for formal or evening weddings. Look for soft ruffles or lace to soften the look of a LBD for a wedding though.

Being aware: Be respectful of any religious affiliation. Be careful of not showing too much skin in a church wedding or if a particular religion asks that arms and legs be covered.

There were so many great choices to choose from this year but I have finally been able to narrow them down. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Dress Code: Formal/Black Tie 


While "Formal" on an invitation may have you thinking of long gowns, don't worry. A cocktail dress is also appropriate with the right accessories and heels. If you feel like the venue calls for a gown, you don't have to shell out major bucks. There are places that you know

This gorgeous number is from Lulus with its mermaid skirt and sweetheart neckline. I love the delicate cutout right above the waist; it's a pierced lace detail. It's a modern twist on a classic favourite and it's under $100! Navy is a great way of wearing a neutral without doing the typical LBD; add a small clutch and strappy sandals and you're set.








Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Express has done it again. This beautiful maxi dress comes in several hues (including a solid, white...for all those beautiful Brides and their bridal showers). The cut outs on the side allow you to show some skin without you being overexposed. If you are heavier chested however, be aware as it does have a deep V neckline.














Dress Code: Garden Party

I love how effortlessly chic this floral print midi dress is. It's hard to tell from the picture but it has a bit if a slit running along the front of the dress. It features pink, green and teal florals and ruffled, short sleeves. As you've probably been seeing everywhere you turn, ruffles and statement sleeves are everything this season. This dress is from Somedays Lovin' and it comes in under $140.















Dress Code: Beach/Destination Wedding

Can't you just picture this dress blowing in the summer breeze by the ocean? This dress is uber-feminine and will keep you cool during that beach wedding.
















And just in case, here are a two more I couldn't not mention!

 Express

                     















Kelsey Rose 


















Thursday, 18 May 2017


Duster: Missguided | Knit: Wilfred (Aritzia) | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: 

I'm all about the basics...actually, if I'm not careful, I can easily live in basics everyday! Since having a baby 7 months ago, at times, it's a struggle to want to live in anything other than basics but you totally can! It does require some thought though but I promise you, it becomes even easier if you have a capsule wardrobe. If you want to read more about building a capsule wardrobe, click here.

We all have our favourite pieces that we wear on repeat. The pieces that make us feel comfortable, stylish and basically, awesome. From our favourite coats that leave us feeling polished to our favourite cardigan that gives us all the feels. We've all got them.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will probably be able to spot some of my faves. I've put together a list of them and explain why they work.



Jeans: Probably the most iconic basic ever...denim. Have you ever counted how many pairs of jeans are currently in your closet? I bet you it's more than you thought you had!

A great pair of jeans will take you so far. There are so many styles and colours to choose from that it can definitely become overwhelming. I always start with my foundation pieces so I have a pair in a  dark wash, a pair of black and a pair of white. High rise jeans are having a moment right now and are great but if you don't feel like the high rise style are for you or you aren't comfortable taking that trend on, I definitely recommend the mid rise. It's perfection...plus, it helps suck everything in after a big meal (double score).

The t-shirt: Like the jeans, what other article of clothing is as classic as the t-shirt?! I highly suggest buying t-shirts that are higher quality. You will be washing and re-wearing these like crazy so invest in great quality cotton. Instead of opting for the cheaper $5 t-shirts that will have pilling the moment you first wash them, invest. Start with the basic colours; white, black and grey.

Drape Coat: I've been obsessed with the drape dusters for a couple of months and was looking for the right one. This was a more difficult buy because of my petite frame and I couldn't find the right length. When I saw this one online, I fell for the colour right away - you know me and neutrals! I loved the purchase but because it was an online buy from outside of Canada, there were extra costs upon delivery.

Black tights: Always a staple in my closet. This is another item I would definitely say to invest in in order to get higher quality material. Black tights are so versatile and will definitely always be there for you when you are running out the door and have no idea what to wear. I can't stress this enough though: make sure that the black tights aren't see-through when worn!

Cardigan: I'm always cold so my closet consists mainly of coats and cardigans! So. many. cardigans. My favourites have been from Aritzia and Topshop.  Bring the coziness on.

Booties: I feel like booties are my cheat shoes. They instantly make me feel like I've put effort into my outfit, even on days I don't feel like it.

What are your favourite basics? Let me know!


Wednesday, 10 May 2017



Top: Banana Republic | Clutch: Coach

Although I'm petite and highlight styling tips and suggestions for other petites, this blog is for any woman who wants to feel confident and stylish so I always try to give as much information as possible when it comes to the articles of clothing I write about. I certainly don't always follow "petite" labels for everything; I also buy "regular" size from time to time, depending if the fit is better. So let's talk about sizing for a bit.

I have mentioned this before, it's so exciting to see more and more brands diversifying their sizes to also include petites. I remember a few years back, I had to get all of my pants hemmed because there weren't many other options. There was one particular store that carried for petite women but it was for an older age group so I was left with having my clothes altered each time. Standard sizes though are an approximation of proportion only; in order to get a true fit, we need to try things on and perhaps even get that article tailored to our specific shape.

So have you ever walked by the Petite section and kept walking just because you're over 5"5 and feel like everything would be too small for you? Well let me tell you that perhaps, you may want to start looking there! Here's why...

Petite sizing is about proportions. That means that the actual measurements that are used are all around for a smaller frame. For example, shoulder to chest, chest to waist and waist to hip. It's not just about the length of the pants like most people think but more about the distance from one body part to the other. Like all sizes, they are all cookie-cutter and we may still need to venture out of our regular "sizes" and try other things on. When I'm shopping and I find something that I like, I usually take one in my usual size and two other sizes (one up and one down) in order to get an idea of best fit. Women with the same height and weight may look very different from each other and that is because of our different body shapes; some of us have longer or shorter torsos, longer and shorter legs, etc... It is all about fit. Remember, sizes can also do so much so it is up to us to try several sizes of the same article of clothing. Having said all that, if you're petite, you're not limited to labels that say petite and vice versa!

Knowing the Brands that Work Best for You:

There are many designers and brands that have cuts to suit either larger or smaller proportions to begin with. For example, the smallest cuts are those of Japanese and Italian designers. If you are a petite, you may want to check out Japanese or Italian brands whose cuts fit to smaller proportions. The main thing to remember is, don't get stuck on a specific size or label (tall, regular, petite) instead, try different ones to see what works best on you.

For those of you who aren't petites, here are some signs that you may need a petite size for a particular article of clothing:

Bottoms:
- the rise of the pants is too low (regardless if the waistband has been altered to be smaller)
- pockets fall too low on the hip

Tops:
- you're always adjusting the shoulder straps because they sag or fall
- you are always altering to have your shoulder seems lifted

Bottom Line:

Keep trying different sizes and don't get stuck on the size or number on the label. Happy shopping, loves!



Monday, 1 May 2017



With Spring in full swing, I've put together a list of this season's must-haves. These trends were seen everywhere on the runway and have trickled their way into our wardrobes. These amazing pieces will take you into Summer, keeping you cool and fresh while making you look polished. Let's get started!



White Jeans: Like I noted in my last post about building your wardrobe capsule (you can read about it here), white jeans are a staple and should be in every girl's closet. Choose the style and cut you feel most comfortable in and it will be your base for most of the cute shirt trends that are out now.
















Off-the-shoulder tops: No matter where you look, you'll see these tops everywhere this season. This trend began last summer and it does not seem to be slowing down. This particular one also incorporates the statement sleeves (read more about that trend a bit further down).














Florals: from dresses to skirts and blouses, florals are everywhere this Spring. This pencil skirt is beautiful and can also be worn to the office. More and more offices now call for business casual attire so pair it with cute, pointed-toe flats and a delicate top so the skirt takes the main stage.














Stripes: Stripes are everywhere this season, nautical, bold, thin, vertical, horizontal! I love that this shirt has vertical lines, lengthening the torso. It's also petite friendly as the stripes are quite small and the ruffle details aren't overwhelming on a smaller frame. This shirt here has also incorporated another major trend this season...










Ruffles: I am obsessed with this shirt. It's an asymmetrical tank that is perfect for dressing up or down. Throw on with a pair of your white jeans and sneakers for that farmer's market run on Saturday or with a pencil skirt and heels to the office.















Pleated Skirt: Looking for a little bit of flaire? There's nothing like a pleated skirt to make you feel ultra feminine. There are so many different variations now of the pleated skirt, choose from a variety of lengths, patterns and even the amount of pleats, like this one.















Statement Sleeves: This jumpsuit from Zara is a beautiful example of the statement sleeve in a gorgeous blush tone. Again, with this trend, you can go as bold as you feel comfortable in! This jumpsuit is perfect for wedding season and is under $90!
















One-shoulder: If you aren't comfortable doing the whole off-the-shoulder trend, you're in luck because you can jump on board with the trend without showing too much skin. There are so many variations of this one-shoulder trend. If you want to use it in the office, I'd recommend throwing a blazer or cardigan on top though.













White Sneakers: If Olivia Palermo can wear sneakers, so can you! Find these in slip ons, velcro and lace up variations. There's no wrong way to wear these babies but my fave right now is pairing them with distressed jeans.

















Tuesday, 18 April 2017



I've always loved the classic style. I love the tailored pieces and the clean lines that classic staples bring. I sprinkle trends here and there but my core pieces that build my wardrobe are all classics. Last week I shared a few tips on cleaning out your closet (you can read about it here). So now that you've made all of that extra space, let's talk about building it back up with key and durable pieces. By building a capsule of staples, you are able to build many outfits by mixing and matching, many of them are even able to take you from season to season.


I've put together a capsule of must-haves in your wardrobe for the classic style. Whatever your style may be though, try building your own capsule of key, high quality pieces that are durable. This will help you put together more outfits in less amount of time when you are rushing out the door in the mornings. When you shop, think of the pieces that you still need in your wardrobe. As trends come in and out, you can add some of them to your staple or "base" pieces. I find that by having a capsule in mind, I am able to focus on those as I build my wardrobe and it deters me from those impulse buys (well....most of the time). When shopping for these, look for texture, pattern and definition. At a glance, the pieces may look quite basic but by choosing pieces that have some depth, you can create a modern classic look. For example, the white scarf that is shown below may look like a plain white scarf, but when you look at it up close, it actually has a leopard design. And remember, these are just your base pieces so mix that floral skirt you already own with a crisp white blouse, throw a trench coat on and you're ready to go!

Here are 25 of my top picks:

























The Capsule:

Wool Coat: If you live anywhere where it gets even remotely cooler in the fall or winter months, this is definitely a must. A wool coat is a great layering piece and will help pull your outfit together, making you look polished.

Beige trench coat: Again, sometimes the last article you put on is what pulls the outfit together. A trench coat has the ability to make your outfit effortlessly chic. Roll up the sleeves for an extra touch.

Blazer: A blazer paired with a pair of dark wash jeans and some cute flats are totally work appropriate while wearing it with a full skirt and heels makes it a perfect party outfit.

A little black dress: Every woman needs a LBD in her closet. A dress that take you from the office to a dinner party.

A little white dress: Just like the LBD, you also need a LWD in your wardrobe. Think of a dress that can either be dressed up with a pair of killer heels and accessories, or down with some flats.

Pencil skirt: Fit is everything when choosing a pencil skirt. Get it in a neutral colour (think navy, black, beige). Wear with a dressier top or a chambray shirt for a more casual look.

Denim jeans in a dark wash: I always suggest beginning with a dark wash. Choose a well fitted pair that you feel comfortable in.

White jeans: White jeans give you that airy, summery feel. I wear my white jeans year round though adding textured cardigans and knits in colder months.

Tailored black pants: Pick one that is your perfect fit or have it tailored.

Striped shirt: Cotton, knits, cashmere...there are so many different striped shirts to choose from - the hard part will be picking your fave!

White dress shirt/blouse: Look for a great white dress shirt that is high quality, wrinkle-free and that fits you perfectly. 

A gingham shirt: Tucked in, tied up at the front, dressed down with a pair of white jeans and flats or dressed for work with a pencil skirt and heels. So many options with this classic!

Cardigan: Always think about layers. Layers are not only functional but they also help give your outfit texture and depth.

Sweater, pull-over: Keep the collar in mind and pick the one that flatters your body shape. Wear it over your button up shirts or under your blazer.

Boots: With so many options now, it will be hard to pick a favourite. Start with a riding boot in a caramel or black colour. Suede or leather will make you wish it was Fall weather year-round!

Classic ballet flats: A cute pair of leopard print flats or a simple black pair.

Classic pumps: Choose a pair that are comfortable and made of good quality leather. Start with a neutral (black, grey).

Bags: Choose a tote in a beautiful camel colour that can be worn with practically any everyday outfit. A great clutch in a neutral shade should also be part of your capsule.

Tortoise shell sunglasses: Because they will always be a classic and so chic!

Silk scarf: Use this silk scarf around your neck, on your bag or your hair. Use it as your pop of colour in your outfit!

Statement necklaces: You may have noticed that most classic looks often use pearl necklaces. I'm not  a huge fan of pearls but a great statement necklaces is a definite must. Because classic looks are quite simple in patterns and colours, a statement necklace brings the entire outfit up a notch.

A couple of extra tips:

Look for patterns such as stripes, gingham and tartan.

While classic colours are grey, black, navy, white and beige, add bright pops of red, yellow, pink, green and blues to your staples.