Saturday in Pastel

{Zara pants (similar), Mango blouse (similar) , Zara jean jacket, H&M hat, Michael Kors bag, Sam Edelman flats (similar)}

Although summer officially started a few days ago, the weather remains a little on the cool side in Toronto …  this is not a complaint… our apartment does not have AC {yet!!} so the cool lake breeze has kept us all very happy!

The cool air has also forced me to reconsider my typical summer uniform. In past years, as soon as the temperature and the humidity started inevitably climbing, I’d reach for one of my many billowy sun dresses without much thought. However, since those dresses aren’t quite weather appropriate yet, I have found  myself digging deep into my closet and getting more creative.

Not only have I had an amazing time finding outfit inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest, I’ve also made time to “shop in my closet” and rediscover some great items that I had completely forgotten about -the last time I wore those pastel pants, I was still a university student…!!!  After some digging, I put together the outfit above for a busy errand-running Saturday and is now one of my go-to’s.

This weekend I encourage you to invite a friend over, dig deep in your closet, find an item that you have not worn in a while and together style an outfit around it. I promise that the outcome will be lovely and you both will have a surprising amount of fun!

Saturday in Pastel

A love affair with leather

Plaid & leather outfit - Blushed Tapatia{J.Crew top (similar) & necklace, Banana Republic skirt (no longer available) , Michael Kors booties (now on sale!)}

Although leather has been all the rage for the last few years, I hate to admit that I was not an early adopter and it’s mostly due to a horrible experience I had with leather back in grade 5.

I was in middle school living in Connecticut and fresh-of-the-airplane from Mexico. As a little awkward pre-teen who was trying to fit in and not draw too much attention to her accent, I relied on pretty clothes to make me feel more comfortable {lets be honest, not much has changed!}.

It was early fall and I had fallen in love with a beautiful pair of faux-leather pants at the-best-store-in-the-WORLD, Limited-Too, and after weeks of pleading I finally convinced my mom that I absolutely needed them and that I would certainly wear them more than once. The first day that I got to wear them to school I was on top of the world!

At lunch time my little group of girlfriends crowded around me and ooohd and ahhed at my gorgeous pants as we squeezed into the packed cafeteria.  Then, just as I went to take a seat, I heard the most terrifying sound a human being can hear while they are wearing faux-leather pants…

RIPPPPPP!! 

At first I thought it wasn’t me so I did a 360 trying to find the source of the sound but when I heard my friends gasp and then break into a cackle I reached behind me and was terrified to find that my pants had ripped right in half and left my little bum, underwear and all, exposed. I did the only thing you can do when you’re in such a situation: I began hysterically laughing. I’m pretty sure that part of the hysteria was panic and the other part was disbelief. Like, seriously?! The pant’s weren’t even tight fitting!!

My diary entry that night promised that I would never wear anything leather ever again. Ever!

But here I am, a few years later and completely in love with my mini-leather skirt. No rips have happened since and *knock-on wood* won’t ever happen again – not sure what my office’s policy is on having an exposed bum and I don’t plan on finding out!

A love affair with leather

Here comes the sun!

Blushed Tapatia

 

{Zara blouse & pants on sale now, Nine West shoes, J.Crew Jewellery}

 

Although it has been 2 years since I graduated university, I still feel a tinge of what I think might be guilt but I am not quite certain, when summer rolls around. Throughout university I worked at camps and as a tour guide, which meant that I got to spend all of my summer outside, soaking up the sun. I am now working in an office, and although I love my job I do miss spending so much time outside so in an effort to bring a little sun into the office I am incorporating florals and bright colours to my outfits while keeping it office appropriate. Glass half full, right?!

 

Here comes the sun!