My Obsession Monday: Velvet Knee High Boots

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Happy #MyObsessionMonday!

Fall is my favourite season – I get to wear boots and layer up while enjoying the cooler weather. I love looking for new boots to rock and this time around, I wanted a pair of statement boots.

What I really like about these blue velvet boots from Zara are that they have a really nice arch and heel shape. Those are usually the two things that I look for first. The blue colour is also very easy to pair with different outfit options so I’m looking forward to wearing it more throughout the season. This long weekend was the perfect weather to start wearing boots so I wore it out to my weekend day trip to the wineries!

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Zara Over the Knee High Heel Boots in Blue Velvet ($99.90)

Here are some fall style inspiration pictures from Pinterest – love how these ladies are rocking their knee-high boots!

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I went to the Vineland wineries for the first time and it was so stunning there! Angels Gate was my favourite out of the 3 that I went to. I’ve been wanting to expand my red wine appreciation and what better way than to do some wine tastings at all the wineries we have in Ontario. As I try the same type of wine at each of the wineries, I start to figure out which ones I like. At Angels Gate, I really enjoyed the Cabernet Merlot. It’s a great one to enjoy during the holidays!

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All the wineries look stunning, very quaint and smaller in size compared to some of the ones from Niagara on the Lake (although those ones are impressive too!). The views are so beautiful. The second winery I went to was Tawse Winery. I LOVE rieslings and this one was so delicious, I picked up a bottle! The Gamay was also great too since they’re running low on the 2015 bottles, we thought it was great to pick up one of those as well.

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The last stop was to Fieldings Estate Winery – such a beautiful place there. I love that you can sit out and overlook the vineyard while enjoying a cheese platter and some delicious wine. We didn’t have enough time to try the cheese but will definitely try it next time!

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Hope you’re enjoying your Monday – thank you for reading!

xx

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Zara Check Dress

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Zara has been clearing out their summer pieces over the last little while and I must say, they honestly have the best sales! Usually, when the sale starts, the sizes are all available but it quickly gets picked up by those who keep an eye out for their seasonal sales and the sizes run low as you are going through the pages online! So if you see something you like, don’t even think twice and pick them up first, you can always return them later. That’s another thing I like about Zara, their return policy and even their mobile app are both so seamless.

As I was returning a couple things back at the store, I didn’t have the intention to shop some more at the time but I saw this loose flounce dress sticking out of the mangled clothes racks (as expected during their sale season). I took a quick glimpse at the price tag and saw that it was less than $20 so I couldn’t resist! This is also perfect for the cooler weather that is right around the corner. I can wear this with tall boots! I really like these types of short, loose flounce dress. It looks great with all different types of shoes and it’s also super flattering. See how I styled it below in two different ways that are great for a day to night look.

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Love the details on the back and sleeves – they give so much more style to the dress.

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Look One Outfit Details:

Dress: Zara – here are some similar ones from Zara – Embroidered Check Dress, Checked Dress, Contrast Check Dress

Boots: Aldo – similar one here 

Bag: Zara Split Suede Crossbody Wallet Check out my blog post on this bag!

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2 Looks: Summer Floral Dress

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Wedding season is wrapping up for me and I’m finally getting a moment to take a break. This year has been a busy one, I had the honour to be in the bridal party for 3 of the 4 weddings that I attended. I will share with you my experience and photos from all 3 weddings once the professional photos start rolling in! Just in August, I went to an intimate wedding for a good friend that I have known since my elementary school days. I had such a great time and celebrated their marriage with a bunch of my friends.

I bought this floral Zara dress for the wedding and had to fight off the urge to wear it before the wedding. See how I put together the look for the wedding and also how I would dress it down.

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Look #1: Wedding Getup

I paired this bold, floral dress with nude strappy heels and a peach coloured jewelled necklace so that it adds a nice touch to the dress without competing with the print.

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I’m also really loving this bag I got from Zara, see My Obsession Monday: Suede Crossbody Wallet post for details!

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My Obsession Monday: Suede Crossbody Wallet

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Happy Monday everyone!

I’ve been looking for a petite, black going out bag that is functional for quite some time now. It seems like an easy task but when you are looking for a staple item that’s not going to be of style after one season, it’s worth taking the time to look for the right one. This Zara Split Suede Crossbody Wallet instantly caught my eye when I saw it online and I fell in love even more after seeing it in person! It comes in a second colour, a khaki green with gunmetal hardware but I knew I’d get more use with this one. The gold and black look so sexy together, especially with the large wristlet ring hardware.  The design of this bag is so well done! See how you can wear it in two different ways.

 

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Spring Shopping with NEON Toronto

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Hey there – it’s been a while!

A few weeks ago I got invited to NEON Toronto on Queen Street in preparation for Spring! I had a wonderful shopping experience with really great customer service from the store staff. They were all so helpful and allowed me to run around pulling outfits and really maximizing the store space and decor for my photos.

NEON has been around for over 20 years in Quebec. They had a store in Toronto before relocating to a bigger space on Queen Street. I had such a fun time exploring all corners of the store and didn’t realize they carried so many brands like Levi’s, Billabong, Element, OBEY Clothing, Fjallraven and RayBan just to name a few.

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Spring is always a great time to freshen up your wardrobe with a few new pieces. I went through the store and pulled out 4 spring looks to share with you before I chose my favourite one.

Layering is key when it comes to spring fashion. I kept the jean jacket as a staple piece with all 4 looks as spring is usually still quite chilly in Toronto and it’s necessary to keep a jacket around.

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My Obsession Monday: Polka Dot Dress

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Spring is finally here! I’m so excited for the warm weather, it’s been tough transitioning back into the cold weather ever since my Bali trip. You’re probably wondering why I haven’t shared any photos on my blog yet but I promise you they’re coming! This year has been hectic with work, weddings (I’m in 3!) and bachelorette trips – it’s making this year fun but leaving me with no time to blog.

Anyways, back to this polka dot dress. I absolutely love the look, it’s such a perfect transition piece. The viscose fabric is light and airy so you can layer it or wear the dress by itself. Since the weather is still chilly in Toronto, I’ve been pairing this with tights and boots while accessorizing it with a scarf for extra warmth. For when the weather warms up, I would wear this dress with a pair of light-coloured sandals and summer hat to break up the black. I’m going to be honest, I was skeptical at first about the polka dots as it’s not a print that I own but the cutting and flow of the dress sold me! I loved it even more when I tried the dress on.

ZARA Polka Dot Dress ($49.90)

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Tights: Rachel’s Box – I got a chance to try a few pairs of tights from Rachel’s Box and I love the quality and fit. I wear these Black Sheer Tight the most, they’re sexy and comfortable. What’s also great about these tights is that you can get a subscription, first complete the style questionnaire as the tights are pre-selected based on your style and then choose the frequency of the delivery.

Shoes: Aldo – I bought these boots last year but these Aldo Jeffres Boots are very similar!

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Forever 21 Mini Shoe Haul

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Hi Lovelies!

I’ll be traveling soon and have a few trips planned for this year! Ekkk… I’m so excited! Next month I’m going to somewhere hot (stay tuned for the reveal!) so I’ve been on the hunt for some cute shoes that I can bring along with me on the trip. Forever 21 has really been stepping up their shoe game and I’ve noticed that in recent years, they started carrying shoes with better quality and some of the styles are super cute!

Faux Leather Toe Ring Sandals in Nude ($12.90) – This one will be easy for slipping on and off by the pool or at the beach. The nude colour will match any bikini!

Faux Leather Platform Sandals in Tan ($21.99 – ON SALE) – I wanted these for the nights where we’ll be dressing up for a night out or a fancy dinner. The whole shoe is made of 100% polyurethane so humidity and water shouldn’t be an issue.

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Tribal Print Toe Ring Sandals: $29.90

Lace-Up Espadrilles: $26.90

Genuine Suede Lace-Up Sandals: $39.90

How cute are these?! I wouldn’t mind having all 3 for my trip…or just to have in generally. I love them!

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Faux Suede Platform Heels: $39.90

Faux Suede Mules: $29.90

Faux Suede Slides: $22.90

These shoes are a knockoff of the Mansur Gavriel ones and I love that they’re so simple and easy – all 3 heights are great for different occasions. Forever 21 just started carrying these and they’re already selling out! I wanted the light grey and the baby blue ones but they ran out of my size. Maybe they’ll bring them back when it’s ACTUALLY summer. I got the Faux Suede Mules and will probably start wearing them in the office so that I can break them in before wearing them out in the summer!

I love how the below ladies styled these shoes. Check out my Pinterest account @MyBlancCanvas for more style inspo.

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