RED, WHITE and NEW

It's time to drop those hemlines ladies! 

This week's look features the Maxi dress. On warm Summer days there is nothing as comfortable as a chic maxi dress. They are flattering, easy and wear and come in all styles and work for every body type. 

The best thing about a maxi dress is how versatile it is. If you are feeling too casual, add a sunhat and some sandals. Need to dress it up for an event or a date? strap on some heels and you are ready to go. A good maxi dress will be breezy enough to wear on a scorching hot day, but can still serve as a blanket if the AC is cranked too high. 

So get creative and have fun when styling your summer sundress

Dress: Shein, Bag: Cult Gaia

BBQ SEASON

Summer is around the corner which means it's the perfect time to get your backyard space ready to entertainin others! For me, nothing kicks off the season like a good barbecue. Canada Day and the Fourth of July are great reasons to have fire up the grill and have friends and family over.  What I like about a barbecues is that the menu can be as diverse or as simple as you want. Hosting a cookout for a large group can get stressful though so below are a few tips to help you get through the big day: 

1. Signature Cocktail
Having a welcome drink is a great touch when hosting a great gathering. However no host wants to be working the bar constantly so I made a batch of adult strawberry lemonade, poured it into mason jars, threw them into a bucket filled with ice and my bartending was done for the day.

2.  Food Tent
Dealing with unwanted guests is never fun at a barbecue  - especially when they come in the form of flies and other creepy critters. Investing in a food tent is crucial to keeping your food clean and safe until they are ready to be served. I love the peace of mind I get knowing that no 'extra ingredients' have been added. 

3.  Dress Comfortably
What you wear should be stylish and comfortable. You want to make memories, not stress out an overly complicated outfit.  If your Barbecue has a theme then your attire should reflect that. 


I found all of my Barbecue essentials on Amazon. I love that it is a one stop shop for everything that helps make entertaining a big success. Shop some of my items and picks below.

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LITTLE WHITE DRESS

Every girl has that coveted little black dress in her closet. It's the go to item and when it fits you like a glove it is guaranteed to turn heads! Well, with the weather warming up and with dark colors and summer not always matching I decided to turn to its counterpart: The little white dress. 

During the summer I gravitate toward neutrals and especially white because I find something so clean and sophisticated about it. I have several LWD for the summer months because you can mix and match your color accessories so easily.  For me dresses with a fuller skirt can be tough to pull off sometimes so I went with this dress from Club Monaco because it has a defined waistline which makes it petite friendly. Once I pair that with a good pair of nude heels and I'm good to go for a summer soiree. 

Dress: Club Monaco , Bag: Cult Gaia, Shoes: Payless Hat: Aldo (in store only)

WHY I LOVE AMAZON

Through time we have become increasingly comfortable with online shopping. The initial concerns about security and order accuracy have been answered and I am convinced it is the most convenient and hassle-free way to shop. I love being able to make purchases at home or while I'm on go. It saves me time and money -- especially if the item you want is on sale. 


Amazon is the ultimate online shopping destination that pretty much sells anything you can think of. An online store the size of Amazon may seem overwhelming but fear not! I am here to help you. I am happy to announce my partnership with Amazon.ca Being a part of the Amazon Associates Program means I can bring you the best of what they have to offer. Think of it as a VIP pass to all things from Beauty and Fashion to what you need to host the perfect party.


Stay tuned! I can't wait to start sharing all the wonderful things Amazon has in store for rest of 2017! 
 

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CELEBRATE WITH #DOPANDORA

I am firm believer that we should always take the time to celebrate with others, no matter how big or small the achievements are. It's also an excuse to get dressed up and go somewhere. However, as I have gotten older celebrating has become more than what I wear to a party or what flavor of cake is being served -- it's an opportunity to focus on the good things in life! When Pandora launched their Spring Collection and mission statement #DOPANDORA, I knew it was an opportunity to celebrate positivity. The idea behind #DOPANDORA is for women to DO and be true to who they are and what they want do in life.  Who run the world? Girls! But have you noticed we don't tell ourselves or each other often enough? I took this opportunity to invite a girlfriend out to brunch to remind her that she is someone worth celebrating - just cause! 

We all know that girl who is a free spirit and sets big benchmarks for themselves. My friend Freya is an architectural designer who sees the importance of loving what she creates. She understands that there are countless of hurdles to clear but she has also experienced the rewards of hard work. In a male driven industry, she continues to push boundaries by creating and building her own rules. Learn more about this beauty and how Pandora helped me gift her with something special for the occasion below. 

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What inspired you to become an architectural designer?
I honestly didn't know what to do after high school. Nothing stood out to me but pursuing something in medicine, which is weird because science and I don't mix at all. My mom suggested one day to take architecture. And what do you know, within a year in the program, all those sleepless nights and no social life whatsoever, I actually enjoyed what I was learning and most importantly, I discovered I had a passion for design. I couldn't wait for the opportunities I could get into once my career started. 

Freya Fact:  She helped design the drawings for the first NYX store in Toronto. 

 What has been the most rewarding experience since?
Seeing the end product of what I designed. It's different from when I used to worked on commercial stores since everything had a prototype. I never had the freedom I had now as an architectural designer in residential. I get to play around with traditional, contemporary and modern. It's definitely more rewarding to witness my very first custom million dollar home in the city, especially when I'm making the home-owners meet their expectations. 

Outside of your day job, you are known for your travel vlogs and personal style. What are your favourite things to capture?

I find myself admiring the intricate details in architecture, instead of looking at the bigger picture as a whole. What I focus on are the little pieces that put that masterpiece altogether, what makes it so intriguing. Besides the details, traveling or not, any innovative space I could find in the city always captures my attention

What advice do you have for ladies about keeping things “real”?

Aside from learning to enjoy your own company, because we all know that this is the only way to self discovery, I say to surround yourself with people you truly love. These people bring out the best in you, along with the bad. I guess you could say, this is how I "keep it real", I surround myself with the best people I know. 

Creating a digital footprint is huge these days. Do you have any social media tips?

Always be picky about what you share, be selective. I use social media as a platform/tool to express myself in a way I don't need to put into words. The type of content I post on social media is the type of content I only choose to let my followers see. Anything I capture is either something that defines what my style is and/or what my passion is all about. 
 

What words do you live by? "Do more of what really makes you happy." 
I can go on with other mantras I remind myself on a daily basis but I sincerely believe in doing whatever it is you're happy with in life - there are no limits, no bad vibes, no negative people can bring you down because you can be unstoppable. You're in a place where no one can tell you nothing because you're at your happiest state. Besides, happy girls are always the prettiest! 

DOUBLE DENIM

Watching certain styles evolve over time is one of my favourite things about fashion. This week's look features 'Double Denim', a style that was once a fashion faux pas but has grown into ome of the key parts of my Spring wardrobe.

I'm a girl whose closet is made up of 90% dresses, so from time to time I reach for my trusted denim to mix things up. Below are some tips on how to build your own "Canadian Tuxedo"

Two-toned

One of the most important things to know about wearing denim head-to-toe is that your shades of blue don’t have to match. I prefer when lighter denim is paired with a darker wash. Suit up in a pair of lighter boyfriend jeans, a basic tee, and a dark denim jacket for example.

Mix it up

Denim washes come in all forms. Try experimenting with Jackets, vests, skirts and even accessories. Have fun making it your own!

 Right now you can receive $30 dollars off your first month by using my invitation www.frankandoak.com/invite/racheldinh_

Top: Frank + Oak, Jeans: Forever 21, Heels: Saks off Fifth , Bag: Dior

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RESET WITH FRANK + OAK

I am a minimalist at heart. I can't stand clutter however my one area of weakness is my closet. I am addicted to buying trendy pieces and I can never resist a good sale. Each individual purchase on its own was a deal however when it added up it took a toll on my wallet and closet space! I decided it was time to be critical of how I was shopping. My solution was to make a list of items that I want or need and really evaluate if they can stand the test of time and if the item could be worn more than once or twice. 

Nowadays I make a list of items that I would want or need and really evaluate if they can stand the test of time and be worn more than once or twice.

 Frank and Oak is a company that pride themselves on producing elevated classics made of the highest quality without the high end price tag. They have recently started a style plan where you can choose up to four pieces that come delivered right to your door.  The plan includes fast delivery, you save up to 25% of their collections and you can cancel at anytime. 

Right now you can receive $30 dollars off your first month by using my invitation www.frankandoak.com/invite/racheldinh_
 

Which styles do you like the best? Let me know in the comments.

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Dress: Frank + Oak, Bag: Celine , Heels: Saks off Fifth , Sunglasses: Karen Walker

SPRING STRIPES

After a long week at work my Saturday mornings used to consist of extra sleep and catching up on TV shows that I missed. It was bliss, or so I thought. As I laid down I would go on social media during breaks and I began noticing that brunch was becoming a thing again. I would see photos, snaps, and IG stories featuring my friends and family eating delicious brunches all over Toronto. I decided that enough was enough and that I had to try it myself so i traded in my sweats for beautiful stripes.


This past weekend I had the pleasure of dining with a few friends who are also local influencers. We spent our Saturday morning at Colette Grand Cafe: A chic french bistro that serves delicious modern dishes. For my dining attire I wanted something that was classic with a twist so I decided to go with stripes. These lines are far from the classic navy and white nautical ones that we all know and love. The vertical stripes help draw the eyes upwards creating a long and lean look. This dress from Dynamite is fun and easy to wear. The classic black and white stripes are accompanied with a touch of pink for spring. The off the shoulder design with bell sleeves is on trend for the season and the tie at the waist makes the dress even more flattering and form fitting. This brunch was the perfect way to kick off the spring season!

Dress: Dynamite, Bag: Cult Gaia, Shoes: Aquazzura

LACE UP

Lace up this spring because there really isn't a more feminine fabric out there. This traditional material is now a modern day staple. Truth be told, I used to stray away from lace because I was saving it for retirement. Silly me, until I discovered that with right cuts and style I could partake in this lavish lace lifestyle.  This tunic from Free People feautres a swinging silhouette that is forgiving and fun. I love mxing this delicate fabric with leather to toughen it up or some killer pumps to make it more sophisticated. How do you like to wear lace? 

Tunic: Free People , Watch: Klasse14, Bag: Chanel, Booties: Dolce Vita (old) 

SPRING STATEMENT

It's no secret that I love an outfit that stands out and this Spring it's all about making a statement with sleeves. Exaggerated sleeves were thought to be a thing of the past but it has proven itself to be anything but. There is something about a statement sleeve that makes me feel elegant. There are so many variations of this trend: Full Sleeves, Ruffled and Bishop. I'll elaborate on these in a future post. When shopping for a statement sleeve look for styles that flare out and have interesting materials that tie at the elbow or wrist. Remember the key is to keep the rest of your outfit minimal, as your sleeves will be doing all the talking.

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Top: Club Monaco , Bottoms: Aritzia , Shoes: Aquazzura