Friday, 31 March 2017

The Classic Pumps

Cardigan: Topshop | Shoes: Cole Haan 

I have always loved and admired shoes but as a petite, I have always had such a hard time finding the right fit! This always left me feeling frustrated and mostly, empty-handed, as I left stores. I've never bought a pair of shoes online because of this dilemma. If you have a hard-to-find size, you know what I'm talking about. For many years, I bought shoes thinking they fit well, only to discover they were uncomfortable and too big for me once I got home. The reason for this? Well, I used to try on shoes, stand up, take a look  at the reflection in those tiny mirrors they have in stores (come on, can we get some nicer mirrors in there?!) decide it was good enough and walk out with them. Once I'd actually be wearing them with my outfit, I'd realize they were too big and made my feet ache and/or blister. I also tried all of those hacks they have, insoles, inserts, etc...but nothing was really quite working. Those who know me, know I like to do my research so I began researching stores that sold great quality shoes and that carried an array of sizes. And what better shoe to begin my search with than the classic pump; thus my search began. I'm not going to lie to you, when I was looking, my focus was on size and fit - I wasn't even prioritizing comfort!

After months of searching, I have finally found my perfect match. When my eyes landed on a pair of grey, leather pumps from Cole Haan, I knew I had to try them on. The moment I tried them on, I knew that they were the most comfortable high heels I've ever tried on. Even as I tried different brands that same day, the comfort was unlike any other high heeled shoe I had ever worn. After years of being skeptical though, I left the store without buying them because I thought, it can't be! I returned a few days later though and I had the same experience; this time, they came home with me! Cole Haan currently carries two heights under their "heels" category: high (3-4 inches) and medium (2-3 inches) and they carry sizes 5-11.  Some selections are also offered in wider widths.

The Eliza Grand Pumps have achilles padding and a flex-molded leather outsole that creates that broken-in comfort that you feel. These are definitely great if you are looking for a heel that will take you through the 9-5 day at the office or if you are running through the streets of NYC like Carrie Bradshaw.

Also for petites...Nine West offers smaller sizes, beginning at size 5. Another great place to shop for classic pumps is Ann Taylor. They carry sizes 6 and up in their stores but carry size 5 and up online. I have linked a few of my current favourites below. What are your favourite pumps? Do you ever buy shoes online? What are your go-to stores for shoes?

Black Pumps: Nine West | Grey Pumps: Cole Haan 

Nine West - Tatiana                                            


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Top Buns & Button-Downs

Coat, Shirt and pants: Banana Republic
Bag: Coach

Although we still see the occasional flurries here and there and are not yet in double digits in temperature, most of us are ready to shed our coats and opt for lighter layers. Soft shades of pastels are calling our names. If you are anything like me, you have started putting some thought (and maybe even some shopping) into your Spring wardrobe. On my last post, I put together some Spring staples that you can begin with as we transition into warmer weather. If you are looking for a list of basics to begin with, take a look at this list before you shop!

For those of you in Toronto, you know that our days can differ by up to 20 degrees celsius at times, so wearing layers is imperative. Sometimes those sunny days can be deceiving! One of the easiest ways to shift into Spring-mode with your clothing is wearing lighter shades. With neutrals and pastels at our fingertips, take advantage of this season's most popular colours. Here's a review on this outfit.

Banana Republic is one of my go-to's as they have extended sizes - major win for petites everywhere! They also carry tall sizes. Their items are great quality and are at an affordable price range (they have sales for up to 40% off many times throughout the year). I hadn't planned on it, but my coat, shirt and pants from this particular outfit are all from Banana Republic - that speaks of my love for their petite clothing line. The wool coat is a three button coat, fully lined. This has been my go-to coat since I bought it as it is so easily dressed up or down. So many times I see myself grabbing it before I am out the door because it makes an outfit look so polished. I also loved the collar as it was not overwhelming on my petite frame. The slightly raised shoulders also give it a feminine touch. The shirt underneath is a button-down in their classic fit. I used to shy away from button down shirts as I felt they were often boxy and more masculine looking but if paired right, I find them to look effortlessly put-together. I bought this one a couple of months ago and is no longer available but I have linked a similar one here.

The pants I paired for this look are the Logan fit pants. (For reference, the inseams are as follows: Petite/Short: 31"; Regular 33"; Long/Tall: 35") I linked a pair in Blush Pink here. These pants have belt hoops so you can add a pop of colour with your favourite belt. If you are under 5'5, I recommend a slimmer belt. My pants are white so I chose a belt in cognac to pick up on the colour of my bag.

Parker-Fit Shirt: Banana Republic

Avery-Fit Tailored Pants in Blush: Banana Republic

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Transitional Pieces: Winter to Spring (Instagram Round Up)

With Spring just a few days away, we have been seeing a lot of unpredictable weather in Toronto - there are days with double digits and then there are days that we are in double digits...below freezing! Dressing for such days also makes it quite frustrating in the mornings as I try to figure out what to wear for those 'in between temperature' days. I always try to be prepared for those dips in temperature because one of my major pet peeves is being cold. For this reason, having layering staples in my closet becomes so important. When looking to dress for this rollercoaster weather, you want layers that will keep you warm but can also be removed as the temperatures begin to rise all while still keeping you looking polished. 

I'm sharing a few of staples to keep your layering game strong as we transition away from the colder weather.

Blouse: Ann Taylor 

Long Sleeved Blouse: When Winter begins its exodus, our urge is to wear pretty florals and dresses but if warm weather is still a few weeks away, opt for a long sleeved blouse for now. The floral pattern and soft hues will be right on season. I've linked one from Banana Republic that also comes in Petites here. Try layering it under a leather jacket or under a...

Trench: Ann Taylor 
Sunglasses: Fossil 

Trench Coat: I wrote a post on the classic trench coat, a piece that I think every girl should have in her closet. Trench coats are timeless and will carry you through most of the year. The trench coat pulls your outfit together while giving you that extra layer of warmth. You can opt for a shorter trench as the days get longer. If you're looking for more tips in choosing the right trench coat for you, read this before you shop.

Sweaters (Top to bottom) Gap, Banana Republic, Lole, Tahiri
Bag: Coach 

Cardigans: Choose a cozy cardigan in a Spring palette. You'll be giving all the Spring vibes while staying warm. I usually stick to a neutral hues as you can see from the picture above, as it makes it easier when pairing.

Booties: Ann Taylor 

Booties: These booties have become one of my all time favourite booties. They are leather, almond-shaped that elongate legs.  

Cropped Pants: Cropped Trousers are a lifesaver when you want to show a little ankle or show off those new pumps you've been waiting to wear when the weather is still too cold for skirts or dresses. I linked these blush coloured trousers here. These pants come in both regular and petite sizes!

Coat: Banana Republic 
Scarf: Zara
Bag: Steve Madden 

Scarf: At this point in the year, you want to put those wool scarves away and begin wearing lighter ones; in both, colour and material. This Zara blanket scarf is excellent for layering as it is light enough that you won't overheat, but big enough that it can be wrapped around several times, keeping you warmer on those chilly morning commutes. This scarf can also be worn as a wrap in the office or over a sheath dress for crisp Spring evenings.

Happy layering!



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Blush is the New Black

Wool Coat: Ann Taylor

If you have been seeing blush tones everywhere, from pants to coats, from bralettes to shirts, that's because blush is currently having a moment. As a person who doesn't like pink, it may come to a surprise that it has become one of my favourite colours in the past couple of years. In fact, I use it as a neutral in clothing and mainly stick to shades of blush when it comes to my nail polish, it is definitely my go-to.

Here are a few things that I have learned when looking to wear this trend:

There are many blush tones and it's important that you try on a few shades until you find one that best suits your skin tone. I was feeling the warmer temperatures during this shoot so I paired my blush toned wool coat with a pair of crisp, white, cropped jeans. When I bought this coat, they didn't have the same one in petite sizes so the sleeve length was a big longer than I wish to wear and I will be having it altered. This coat however is perfect as a transitional coat as temperatures slowly begin to rise. It's also light enough that you can layer a thin sweater without adding bulk.

I know I have said this before in a past post but it is imperative that light coloured clothing be kept in pristine condition! It's so hard to keep this colour clean and bright but my love for soft shades is stronger than the thought of not wearing it because of the intimidating light shade. I know most of us feel like we have a huge target sign on us when we wear soft colours but as we head into Spring, I assure you, the risk is worth it! Make sure to dry clean your wool coats, keeping them in great condition; this will also help keep your coats for several years. If you are looking for more tips on having your coats well-kept, feel free to read this post.

Pairing: Fashion has become so fluid that you can pretty much mix and match patterns and colours until your heart is content. I'm a sucker for classic styles so that being said, here are my favourite pairings for this soft pink.

Blush and Grey
Powder Blush and Navy Blue
Dusted Rose and Olive Green
Pale Pink and White

I have rounded some of my top Blush picks for Spring '17. Enjoy blushing!

Banana Republic
White House Black Market

Banana Republic


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Styling the Jogger

Since joggers made their debut, I've been on the hunt for ones that feel and look good on a petite frame. After months of searching, I finally settled on the Talula "Los Feliz" pants from Aritzia.  I bought them in black but they are also currently available in grey and olive green. Although Aritzia doesn't particularly carry petite sizes, their sizes begin at xxs.

These have to be one of the most comfortable pants I have ever worn (aside from sweats). They are such a nice change from my (mostly) skinny pants hanging in my closet. First of all, they are so soft and lightweight that you feel like you are wearing pjs! Another feature that I loved (even though it may sound strange) is that they have pockets. I usually stay away from pants with pockets as they usually add bulk. Many of my pants have the pocket line but no pockets, it really helps to keep things clean and streamlined. Another feature I loved was the design running down the side of the pants. It kind of reminded me of the tuxedo pant, however it's a much smaller line compared to that of a tuxedo. When I saw them for the first time, I knew I had to get my hands on them although I wasn't sure if the style would look on a petite. It was a look that I had fallen in love with but so many times, it becomes a lot harder to pull off when you are 5 feet tall! Once I tried them on though, I was sold. There are however, a few things to keep in mind with this style, especially if you are under 5"5.

First of all, I recommend using heels with this look. I used a nude shoe to help elongate the legs but I would use a high heeled sandal in warmer months. We are still in the last couple of days of winter (yay!) so we still have to wait a few more weeks until we break out the sandals in Toronto! Adding strappy sandals and a trench would dress these pants up, but you could definitely dress them down.

When choosing a top to go along with joggers, I recommend using a more fitted shirt in order to contrast the looser pants. I've seen this look being done with a bodysuit which gives you an edgier look however, I styled mine with a soft draped blouse that can be worn to work or out on date night. I just threw a leather jacket over this to complete the look.

As I had mentioned before when I blogged about caring for wool coats, I mentioned that I always read the labels as I need to make sure that I can commit to caring for whatever it is I'm buying. I would just like to note that these pants have to be hand washed. How do you guys feel about the joggers? Are there any you particularly like?

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