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

First Day of Spring

Today marks the first day of Spring and I must admit I could not be happier to say goodbye to this snowy, frigid Winter. White is a color that I wear a lot of during spring and summer because it's clean, crisp and effortlessly elegant. I am a firm believer that without a solid foundation nothing can be built and the same can be said about our wardrobe. It is important to invest in classic pieces and build around them. Doing this makes it significantly easier to get dressed for anything. This fit and flare dress is a staple for spring; it can be dressed down with a pair of oxfords and a denim jacket or dressed up with a stiletto and a great bag for a night out. When shopping try picturing the item for multiple occasions and different scenarios. What are some of your spring staples? Please let me know in the comments!

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Dress: BCBG (in store only) Similar Here , Necklace: Hudsons Bay , Booties: Dolce Vita (old), Bag: Chanel 

SPRING FORWARD

As the seasons change, so does my wish list as I'm always on the hunt for fresh styles. This Spring, Blush / Pale Pink pieces have made appearances on the runways and into stores everywhere and I couldn't be happier. There is something so sweet and sophisticated about pink which made the Priyalla top from Club Monaco a must have for me. The dusty pink in this soft fluid material is so comfortable and easy to wear. The black ribbon bows allow you to adjust the sleeves to be as loose or fitted as you like. I love that it adds an extra bit of flare. It was the perfect piece for the blogger brunch and coffee dates I had this past weekend. What is your Spring must have? Let me know in the comments below. . 

Top: Club Monaco , Leggings: Aritzia, Bag: Chanel 

A Birthday for the Books

She is confident and you can’t shake her. Red lipstick is her anthem." Unfortunately, not all shades complement every skin tone. I often mix red and pinks all the time to come up with my own custom shade. But that can get messy and time consuming.  I recently used my birthday as an excuse to round up some of my best babes to  Bite Beauty Lip Lab where we made customized lipstick that matched our skin perfectly. 

The staff was welcoming and very helpful. Choosing your own color, scent and finish made the experience even better. Watching them attach the the fresh mold unto the tube is extremely satifying because you know it's all yours

We ended the day off with Brunch at Bar Renya. I got to surprise the ladies with custom macrons from Sweet Philosophy and little gifts with tags that said 'Thanks a Brunch' made by Hand Written By Sam. As I have gotten older I feel that birthdays become less about you and more about whom you spend it with. I must admit, I am surrounded by many positive and fun loving personalities. I wanted these beautiful babes to know that I appreciate their time, love and support. 

It was a Birthday for the books. 

XO
Rachel

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TIckled Pink

As February (and hopefully Winter) comes to an end we find ourselves in transition. It is a bit trickier to put together a consistent look because of the fluctuations in temperature which can be a real shock to my system.

The way I deal with this though is by utilizing my third piece rule. Adding an extra layer like a jacket, vest or scarf that is easily removable can add a sense of sophistication and make you look more put together. 

Here are some tips to help you layer up without weighing yourself down:

1. Your first layer should be fitted, always add a belt to esseunate your waistline if you aren't sure.

2. Be aware of porportions

3. Mix and match. Incorporating different materials will create a texture and interest to your look.

Dress: Saks off Fifth , Cardigan: Vince (love this one) ,  Jewelry : Saks off Fifth 

Thank you Saks Off Fifth for sponsoring this post 

Cold Shoulder Monday

I must admit, during these cold winter months I am a little sweater obsessed. While its below freezing outside I have thoughts of a warm fires, hot chocolate and cozy nights. To add a little flair to my collection of knits, I opted for the cold shoulder version from 1state.  I love their little peek-a-boos of skin on top. Unlike our favorite off-the-shoulder trend from the summer, this style does not bare your décolletage. It’s a little more modest and features a part of the woman that doesn’t age. You can count on this piece becoming a staple in your wardrobe. What are some of your favorite knits?

 

Sweater: 1State , Leggings: Aritzia Boots: DSW  Sunglasses: Karen Walker

PLAYING WITH PROPORTIONS

Clothes may look one way on a mannequin or on a hanger but they may not look the same on you when you try them on in the fitting room. We all come in different shapes and sizes and it's always important to remember this before bringing anything to the cash register.

The first thing I do is make sure that I dress for my body type and the second thing I look at is if the proportions work. Ensuring that your outfit is balanced is often something women overlook amd while the clothes may fit your body your look may still look 'off' . Your clothes may fit you in all the right places, but if it's not well balanced it may still look 'off'.

Today, I balanced a full tunic with slimming over the knee boots. It’s important to remember when wearing oversized pieces to pair it with something more fitted below or vice versa. The last thing you want is to be swimming in fabric. When shopping don’t forget to ask yourself: "What would this look good with?"

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Tunic: Free peopleBag: YSL, Over the Knee Boot:  DSW

MAGIC IN MONOCHROME

I have always felt that there is something magical about a monochromatic outfit. I love the elegance and simplicity of wearing one color from head to toe and looking great and it is different from the typical black and grey hues that we see so often. This week's look features Camel, a season-less colour. Its very versatile and when worn correctly it can be just as striking as a pattern or vivid colours.

The best camel pieces to invest in are ones with minimal silhouettes. When pieces are streamlined they are much easier to work into your everyday wardrobe. Today I paired this sweater dress with a camel vest and I added a neutral bag with some tan booties to polish off the look.

Thanks for taking the time to read this week's post. I also post content that is exclusive to my Twitter and Instagram (@racheldinh_) accounts so please feel free to connect with me there too! 

Dress: Aritzia , Knit Vest: Club Monaco (similar here) Boots : Zara (old), Bag (similar here)