Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Shirt: Madewell - Jeans: H&M Bedding: HomeSense 

With the hustle and bustle of every day life, I love coming home to my little family and to the home Marco and I have built together. This year, we've done tons to re-do room by room in our house, from painting our entire place, to new curtain panels around our place, to new beds and furniture. Little by little, we are adding pieces we love and creating a cozy and warm atmosphere where our kids can grow up, where we can entertain friends and family and of course, cozy up on Netflix nights.



In 2018, we definitely focused on our home and it's been so much fun shopping with Marco, taking pictures of things we love for inspo, looking at colour palettes and textures and finally deciding on pieces we'll be able to enjoy for years to come. We are far from being done but that's what I love about setting up your own place, it's like a marathon, taking your time to find each piece.

Here are some of my tips:

Have a Pinterest Board: What I found helpful was having a Pinterest (find my board here) and adding to it for inspo each time something stands out to you.

What if you don't know what style you like for your home? Once you begin adding to your folder, you can step back and look at all of you've found and definitely pick up on what your style is!

Take Pictures: When we're out and about, I always take pictures to later use as reference. Anything from the piece itself to textures and colour.

I've rounded up a few of my favourite things for the home. Some of these pieces are currently ones I love and some that are still on my wish list.

xo,

Desiree




Wednesday, 14 November 2018




If you've been following me a while, you may have already noticed my love for Aritiza pieces. I mean, what's not to love? Their versatile pieces, the colours and textures and their love for minimalism is the way to my heart.

Not only do I love their clothing but also, their spaces for its aesthetics. Each space is unique and styled a bit differently. From art to furniture, I love that each store has their own design, while carrying that same Aritzia-feel we all love. 

When Wilfred and Babaton (two of my favourite lines Aritzia carries) opened its boutiques, I was so excited as we now have wider range to chose from.  

I've rounded up a few of my favourite pieces from Aritzia for the season. Hopefully it will give you some Fall and Winter Inspo. 

Let's start with coats because they're my favourite.

Coats, Jackets and Blazers: 

I absolutely despise being cold; I'm definitely a coat and jacket girl. Even in the Summertime, I usually have a light coat in the car just in case! One thing I love about Aritzia is that they label their clothes with 'designer notes' and what my eyes will always go to first is the type of weather each coat is for. Being in Toronto, I need to know that my coats can handle the cold weather so having what temperature the coat is made for is definitely helpful. Something that is also important to me is how clothing is made and this parka is made with responsibly sourced goose down. 

Because most of you guys already know me well, I'm a sucker for wool coats. I have quite a few in different colours, styles and fits. If I could, I would get them ALL but here are a few of my top picks.

I have also added the Grete coat to this Fall edit because it's so cozy. I was looking for a teddy bear coat but wanted one that I could dress up as well if needed to. I found the Grete coat and found that it was a good mix of both worlds. It's a cozy coat but in a neutral colour and more polished cut. It was hard to pick the colour as they are all SO good. I ended up picking up the Bone colour because I feel it gives me the most versatility; although the other colours were hard to pass up!

For work, I have a couple of structured blazers but this past month, I added the Chevalier jacket to my work wardrobe. Not only is it great for as work wear, it wears well and looks chic with a pair of skinny jeans and heels for a date night. It's such a versatile piece, I love it that you can wear it beyond the 9 to 5.




Left to right:
Babaton Oskar Parka - Stedman Wool Coat - Wilfred Brenna Wool Coat  - Wilfred Grete Jacket 

Wilfred Chevalier Jacket in Cairo

Pants & Skirts: 

I fell in love with these pants (Wilfred Jallade) the moment I saw them, The difficult part was deciding on what colour to get as they have so many different variations; in colour, length and material. I ended up going with the dark grey ones and I absolutely love them. I always get so many compliments on them! I highly recommend them. For my girls who live in colder cities, they also come in a wool and cashmere blend to keep you toasty. 


The Daria Pant: These leggings are so smooth they feel like butter! I wasn't sure about getting these at first because other than a leather jacket, I haven't done any other type of vegan leather. I think I can tone them down though with the right sweater and coat. They are machine-washable and so comfortable.



Wilfred Essonne Skirt: If you're looking for the perfect Winter skirt, look no further. The Essonne skirt is the warmest mini skirt. Its made from Italian flannel which is a blend of wool and cashmere. I love the structure of this skirt. I usually wear this skirt with my OTK boots, making it a warm alternative to wearing pants in the colder months. I have it in charcoal but it comes in five colours/patterns.

       


Sweaters:

Wilfred Isabelli Sweater: I've always loved waffle-stich so when I saw this cozy sweater, it was a no brainer for me. It's such a warm sweater, making it perfect for winters in Canada and it comes in 8 gorgeous colours.

The Montpellier Sweater/ Sweater Dress:

Either one you go with, it'll be the one you reach for in your closet, over and over again. Shop it here.



Accessories:

And of course, how can I leave two of the coziest pieces, the blanket scarf and the beanie. Even if you live in warmer cities, these pieces are perfect for milder Winters. The only difficult part will be picking out which one you like best...the Mosaic scarf is available in 24 different colours this season!

Mosaic Scarf in Birch/Grey  

Rowan Beanie 

Let me know what your favourite Aritzia pieces are!

xo,

Desirée 

Friday, 9 November 2018

Wearing: Coatigan and Skinny Jeans: Banana Republic - Adidas: Aritzia  - Bracelet: Daniel Wellington


Hey November!

So Fall seems to have hit Toronto fast and furious this year. The colours on the trees have peaked and it never fails to amaze me at how beautiful it is. It's kind of like the first snowfall of each year - it's beautiful each time.

If you've been following me on Instagram for a while, you've noticed how much I love Summer (you thought I was going to say Fall, right?). Nope, I'm a Summer girl at heart and that will never change but if there's one thing I absolutely love about Fall, is the fashion. From textures to rich colours, I honestly think there's nothing like Fall fashion. So instead of focusing on the fact that days are shorter and it now feels like bedtime by 5pm, I'd rather look at the brighter side of things and enjoy the sweeter things that this beautiful season also brings us!

I've rounded up a few of my favourite styles and products that I've been loving this Fall. Everything from my favourite moisturizer to my favourite teddy bear coat, and everything in between!


Moisturizer:

If there's one thing that I can't live without is face moisturizer. It doesn't matter if it's a no makeup day or a BB cream kind of day, moisturizer is a must. If you live in colder cities like Toronto, it's usually necessary to switch to richer cream for the Fall and Winter months. During the summer months, I use Biotherm Aquasource and then switch to the richer, Estee Lauder Hydrationist. It goes on smoothly and I love that it keeps my skin hydrated all day.


Lips:

I'm a pretty low maintenance girl when it comes to makeup so a lip stain is right up my alley when I want an extra pop of colour. These are three of my top picks for the Fall. The three of them can be found at Sephora.


Teddy Bear Coats:

Whether you're looking for a long or short one, a pink or camel tone teddy bear coat, you can find them everywhere this season. Not only does this offer you lots of choices in colour and styles but also different price points! I've seen them as low as $15 and as high as a couple of hundred...so if you're just trying out this trend, there's no need to spend a ton on one if you aren't yet sure you love it! Other great stores for teddy bear coats: Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, JCrew, and Banana Republic. Currently in my closet: the Aritzia Grete coat and Topshop teddy bear coat.

OTK Boots:

I have two go-to pairs that I absolutely love. My favourite ones are the Stuart Weitzman highland boots. I have shared in the past that I wish I had gotten the lowlands as I think I would get more use out of them because I'm more of a flat shoes kinda girl but nonetheless, I adore these boots. If you're interested in making the investment on these beautiful boots, read my review here before you do!



Saje Diffuser + Oils

This one has been on my wish list forever and this week, I finally purchased the Aroma Om from Saje. There's nothing like coming home to a cozy atmosphere in the Fall and this diffuser makes your place smell amazing. I started off with the scent 'Goddess' because I wanted a great, everyday scent for my home but as we enter the holiday season, I think I'll also begin using the Peppermint Twist. I love scents but I'm the type of person that prefers cleaner and fresher scents rather than stronger, floral ones so I'll keep you guys posted!


                   Saje Om Diffuser                                       Saje Goddess Oil                      Saje Sugar Plum Fairy Oil   



Stay cozy!

xo,

Desirée