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Weekend Worthy

HUE Relaxed Weekend Leggings

I made this layout for a Facebook post for work (see here), but I figured I’d use it here as well… Since I’m obsessed with both of these looks and there’s fact that I want to wear the HUE relaxed weekend leggings everyday.

Slouchy and comfy and all around perfect, these leggings bring out my inner tomboy, which I seem to be getting more in touch with every day these days :). Dress them up or down, these babies are definitely a favorite.

Currently Obsessed With…

Chai Latte & Clothes

[DV by Dolce Vita – Gordie Sneakers; $79.00 $39.95 Anthropologie | D-ID Florence Ankle Skinny; $165.00 Bloomingdales | Grande Iced Chai Latte – $4.40 Georgetown Cupcake]

I’m taking a page out of @coffeenclothes book right now with this photo and I love it. But on to the good stuff – I’m currently obsessed with: slip-on sneakers, cuffed ripped jeans, and iced chai lattes (#yum, although technically not coffee)!

These slip-on sneakers are my go-tos these days, despite the fact that they were almost gone forever when I stumbled on a sidewalk and the sole on one foot detached. Thank you Gorilla Glue! I wear them with my HUE perfect edge liners - so good, you can’t even see them. I can’t stop cuffing these jeans, or any other pair of jeans for that matter, and that’s probably because I love the peek of ankle (and my summer tan). The relaxed fit of these ripped jeans makes them the perfect compliment to every relaxed tee or fitted tank I own. I don’t know what it is about the chai latte, but I want to drink it every day. It’s spicy and sweet and downright delectable – this one’s from Georgetown Cupcake, but I think Dean and Deluca makes my favorite.

From where I stand, this is what I want to wear every day, so winter – please stay away, I’m not ready to trade my sneakers for boots!

Postcards from… Venice

Baroque Side Table; $675.00 Alessandra Di Tommaso | Baroque Skull & Lava ring; $369.00 Murano Mosaic Millefiori Tumblers; $99.00 Mystery gold Murano necklace nr. 379; $238.00 Josh Goot | Slim Skirt; $450.00 Image Map

My trip to Venice inspired a love of baroque, Murano glass and so much more.

[1] Baroque Side Table; $675.00 – [2] Alessandra Di Tommaso Baroque Skull Lava Ring; $369.00 – [3] Murano Mosaic Millefiori Tumblers; $99.00 – [4] Mystery Gold Murano Necklace; $238.00 – [5] Josh Goot Slim Skirt; $450.00 –

My trip to Venice sparked an adoration for Murano glass and re-ignited my love for the baroque style. The city floats on the Adriatic Sea, it’s beauty unveiled in every corner and crevice. My mom took to repeating “Venice is like a fairy book,” an interesting combination of fairy tale and storybook. From the Realto Market to the bridges and old doors on the canals and the man playing his violin in a corner at sunset, it’s not hard to imagine how the quiet magnificence of this city sparking a Renaissance. The spirit of the city is somehow captured in my picks and all of the plethora of pictures I took.

Fall Essentials: Sweaters

a Fall/Winter staple if ever there was one, but one I seemed to have ignored growing up to my father’s chagrin. We lived in Canada, and you can imagine the winters - he used to say: “you go out there like that and you’re going to catch a cold,” and I’d just laugh. Now I know better...

Sweaters are one of those few items the fashionable masses go gaga for that are just as functional as they can be indulgent. Whether it’s cashmere or wool, sweaters offer that cozy hug that keeps you warm when you’d otherwise be stuck in the teeth chattering cold (and a jacket of course).

From top left to bottom right:
Pullover Bow Sweater, $29.95; |  Royal Blue Bat-Wing Sweater, $53.99; | Colorlane Pullover, $59.99; | Tanya Taylor – Dorothy Sweater, $795.00;

Beauty Tip: Preserving Your Polish

What's the best way to store nail polish?

I have a vague recollection of me opening my fridge as a child only to find nail polish nestled beside the mini jars of jam. (Sounds a little strange, right?) I suppose I never questioned why until today, when I was flipping through one of those beauty guidebooks. Low and behold, it seems putting nail polish in the refrigerator will preserve the consistency and keep your polish from separating. I’ve invested way too much money in my polish collection (see image above) to let it all go to waste, so perhaps I’ll start practicing this. I just need to find the right container to house my nail lacquer, because unlike my dear mom – I don’t believe nail polish belongs beside the gourmet jam.

Alternatively, I could subject them to the frigid temperature I woke up to in my apartment…

Recipe: French Onion Grilled Cheese

I love french onion soup and I love grilled cheese, combine the two and I don’t know what to do with myself except eat!

French Onion Grilled Cheese

I adapted the original recipe I found on Chatelaine’s website here.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 Servings

1 tbsp olive oil
3 medium onions, sliced thinly (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 900 mL carton low-sodium beef broth
1 thyme sprig
8 slices rye bread
4 slices gruyére or swiss cheese (about 120 g)

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high. Add 1 tsp oil, then onions, broth and thyme.
Cook, uncovered, stirring often, until liquid is reduced, about 15 min.
Remove thyme.
Top each slice with about 1/3 cup onion mixture and 1 cheese slice.
Top with remaining bread.
Wipe pan clean.
Heat over medium. Brush pan with 1 tsp oil.
Cook 2 sandwiches at a time, about 2 min per side.
Repeat with remaining oil and sandwiches.


Spoils of Style: $23.99 – DKNY Coat

I come from a long line of women who can shop, and when I say shop, I mean shop on a budget. My mother trained me well, so much so she says I shop better than her because I get bigger labels for less than she ever did.  These are the real spoils of style, the things you discover that are simply too good to be true, but true nonetheless. I got my Chloe sunglasses for less than a fraction (quarter) of the suggested retail price and I’m very proud of that.

The DKNY Coat - $23.99

My latest find was a $23.99 DKNY Coat. I’m sad Daffy’s is going out of business, but I’m not the type to pass up a major sale – because you just can’t beat a $24 coat! I rifled through all the racks with my usual precision and found the DKNY tweed coat, moved my fingers down the sleeve to the price tag, calculated the additional discount and quickly tried it on. It fit, but there was one little hitch, there was a small rip in the seam. Long story short, I bought the coat and another one (golden camel, Tommy Hilfiger ‘duffle’ coat for $72). Being the grand-daughter of a seamstress meant that instead of putting it down, I decided I’d do a quick loop stitch to fix it when I got home (see below). Lesson: You don’t pass up a $24 DKNY Coat…DKNY Coat