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Best Yoga Outfits Everrrr

This pullover tells you how I feel about life -- WearMeGear Carpe Diem! Seize the day, not to be confused with Carp diem (fish of the day)

This pullover tells you how I feel about life — WearMeGear Carpe Diem! Seize the day, not to be confused with Carp diem (fish of the day)

As a full-time fashionistah, I like to incorporate thoughtful styling into all my outfits.  This includes my leisure and activewear.  Yes, I admit it. I am that girl.  During a yoga class, a friendly stranger has commented, “Your pullover matches your yoga mat.”  Ahhh, very perceptive.  And while on travels, “Hey cool sneakers.  They match your backpack.  That’s tight.”  I was a lil’ bit embarrassed by that one.

Right now, I’m crazytown about having just the right Yoga wear.  Yes, Lululemon is de rigeur but I’m talking about indie, creative, unique objets d’art to wear to and from and whilst juicing post-downward dog.  I found many beautiful clothes and accessories on Etsy and I thought I would share them with you.  Sharing is caring.

 

Grace and Lace ombre legwarmers because sometimes it gets cold when you are doing Restorative.

Grace and Lace ombre legwarmers because sometimes it gets cold when you are doing Restorative.

 

Always looking for ways to stave off the evil eye -- Hamsa leggings from Grizzy Love

Always looking for ways to stave off the evil eye — Hamsa leggings from Grizzy Love

 

Harem pants are tough but when the shape isn't too baggy and it has the most brilliant pattern, I encourage this fashion risk taking in your active wardrobe. These ones are from Labhanshi

Harem pants are tough but when the shape isn’t too baggy and it has the most brilliant pattern, I encourage this fashion risk taking in your active wardrobe. These ones are from Labhanshi

 

For those times when you can't resist a little pop and lock. Gotta Dance tank top from Enter The Sun

For those times when you can’t resist a little pop and lock. Gotta Dance tank top from Enter The Sun

 

Are you just happy to see me or are those elephants on your leggings? These hand-dyed batik leggings from Baganus are sooo one of a kind.

Are you just happy to see me or are those elephants on your leggings? These hand-dyed batik leggings from Baganus are sooo one of a kind.

 

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January 28, 2014   1 Comment

Hot Child in NYC

We drove into NYC as the July 4th fireworks lit the city skyline. Le sigh!

This blog post is alternatively titled “WWCD,” the acryonym broken down as ‘What Would Carrie Do?’ Get that on your very retro, 90′s throwback, nameplate gold necklace, why dontcha?  I love New York.  Do you love New York?  If you don’t, you should!  There is a frenetic energy that underscores the city, a dash of glamour punctuated with personality, heart and grit. 

Classic Carrie: Did you have a nameplate necklace too? I need to find mine...

OMG, do payphones still exist??! Carrie Bradshaw uses a payphone after throwing her cell into the ocean (rage shame spiral) SATC movie

All of my travels to New York are filled with wild adventure and enough sketchy tall tales to fill a screenplay in which incriminating names and places have been changed to protect the innocent. (Ahem, said film would be directed by Wes Anderson, young me played by Vanessa Hudgens, older me Thandie Newton).  While I would love to share all my secrets, my hair would deflate. 

Here are some fun places to see and be seen, that both Carrie and I quite enjoy….

The iconic Manolo Blahnik shoe. Love this blush satin version of the ones that Carrie left in her walk-in closet.

 Manolo Blahnik (31 West 54th Street) –  My friend C dragged me to the store in search of perfect wedding shoes.  Surprisingly, the store is in a tiny brick building (blink and you’ll miss it) with Manolo’s strewn about on ledges and divans like an Upper East side apartment of an aging socialite.  Apparently, the ladies of Manolo need to take a siesta between 2-3pm.  So make sure you go post-haste, guzzle your brunch Mimosa before they shoo-shoo you out of there.  If you are going to spend a wild fortune on shoes, you should languish in a chaise, take your time and try on high heels a la Cinderella.

BOHEMIAN: Free People gives me crochet and tassles for Summer 2012! I'll have a second helping of that.

Shopping in SoHo – I think this neighbourhood (SOuth of HOuston) in Lower Manhattan has such character with its cobblestone streets, funky boutiques, artsy galleries and cafes.  It is a tourist mecca on the weekends but more casual and chilled out on a weekday.  You can get your boho on at Free People or Madewell, max your credit card at the Bloomingdales shoe department, rock leather and lace at All Saints, run into Clinton & Stacy at Scoop NYC or stalk your fave Kardashian at DASH (mine is Khloe for laughs, Kourtney for clothes).

Madewell: Good enough for It/Hipster Poster Girl Alexa Chung.

Buddakan (75 9th Avenue) – This Chelsea supper club was in the engagement dinner scene of the SATC movie.  The Asian fusion menu is tapas style, perfect for sharing and reasonably priced…until your waiter starts free pouring the Grey Goose.  But it’s ok, you’ve had dinner so the hangover won’t be that bad.

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July 16, 2012   No Comments

Bikinis, Maillots & The Return of The Swimdress

Ooh la! La retour of the maillot and red lips. French Vogue starts the wave with Kate Moss.

The glorious sunshine and warmth of a sunny day has stirred up my love of bathing attire.  There are few activities more enjoyable than frolicking in the water and digging your toes into a sandy beach dressed in the most glamourous of bikinis.  Pina colada, por favor.

While it is easy to continually accumulate a destination wardrobe, I suggest you pick up a new swimsuit and retire an old one.  Don’t fret.  She has had the time of her life - her colours are faded from sun-soaked days and her strings have lost their elasticity from dips in the salty ocean.  Her life flashes before her similar to a montage sequence a la From Here to Eternity.  If you love her, let her go.

To ease the pain of your loss, I have compiled the best of Swimwear.  There are a plethora of new styling options and the return of the very retro Swimdress.  More modest than a string bikini, many designers are showing a modern take on swim with plunging sweetheart necklines and hipster bottoms.  Very G-L-A-M-O-U-R-O-U-S! (Canadian spelling)

Ruched in all the right places: Coral Carmen Marc Valvo Swimdress would be lovely paired with gold and turquoise chandelier earrings. Do it!

Stun the beach-goers with patterns and textures: Juicy Couture Rope Bikini

Hipster Ruffles make you wanna Samba in this Vix Liberty Ruffle

Bandeau a go-go. Trina Turk Peacock Bikini. Bandeau styles are great for snorkelling. Look ma! No tan lines!

It's only okay to stay in your swimsuit if you are ordering from the poolbar. Stay stylish and classy with this Nanette Lepore Tunic.

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April 27, 2011   No Comments

This Bohogi Is Dreaming Of…

Sunshine.  A Beach.  Getting her hair tousled.
Even though I have a mad case of zombie-arm (too much typing and sewing, not enough relaxing), I thought it was time to break out some LC fashion favourites.  The weather might be schizophrenic (freezing rain in April?) but I am certain you are going to be picking up, what I put down.  Especially if you, like me, are of the bohogi variety.
Inspired by the fashions of the Coachella outdoor music festival (California meets fashion blogger meets indie rock), here are some lovely images to inspire you to update your wardrobe.  A Guide to Buy Now, Wear Later, stare at lovingly, longingly for the temperature to climb above 20 degrees celsius.  Then wishing, waiting, anticipating like a Jack Johnson ballad to finally have your well-manicured toes exposed to the world.    

A family of gypsets. I am going to support The Caftan Party in the next election.

Hippie dippy for this Forever 21 Tie-Dye Top. Tie-die reminds me of surfers and Maui. Word association.

I know. I know. It's kind of predictable west of Bathurst. Lovin' the shape of this Forever 21 Folded Brim Cloche.

My spring fabric statement: Eyelet. Forever 21 Endless Eyelet in my favourite summer colour, coral.

Match that Aqua Ruffle Romper to your nails. Yes please.

Call me a Band-Aid: Taking the fringe to the next level. I mean...Sam Edelman does it again with the Dazey Sandal.

Lengthen the legs by wearing these Dolce Vita Eliza Flats in a lighter shade of camel. Remember to slap on some faux glow. Your legs haven't seen the light of day since last September. Jeez!

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April 19, 2011   No Comments

Bohogi Is The New Yogi

Bohogi, sounds like a sloppy sandwich, doesn’t it?  It’s my play on words – a bohemian/yogi fusion if you will.  And for those of you scratching your heads, per the Urban Dictionary, a yogi is defined as, “One who practices yoga and has achieved a high level of spiritual insight or a teabag that has been rolled into a joint to add flavour.”  I am obviously referring to the former and not the latter. 

The promise of Spring/Summer always gets me in the mood for bohemian attire.   But for me, Bohogi is more of an attitude – a love of altruistic good deeds, an appreciation for beauty, people, culture and spirituality, a return to nature dressed up in an embellished caftan.   But Bohogi goes beyond that.  It’s really ‘be yourself.’  Are you picking up what I’m putting down?

Close your eyes.  Let’s make believe I decided to erect a giant Bohogi teepee for my friends in my backyard.

Lucky girl has her own library and teepee! Um, spoiled.

Then we draped the walls with these sumptuous velvet Viceroy curtains from Anthropologie.

The will of the universe: We throw a bunch of Sky posie pillows in there and they land oh so perfectly like a shoot for Elle Decor.

And your feet were kept warm with this brilliantly bright Gloria's Garden rug. Love matchy-not matchy.

And we snuggle in this DVF Tie Dye Duvet

Impromptu dance party: We listen to Miike Snow on this Roberts Revival Radio or we ask our friend to bring their iPod speakers. Whatevs.

The more I think about it, it sounds like a fun party idea.  Hrmm, maybe I should plan that.  And, I’m taking credit for coining the term Bohogi.  Give it a few months and it will be all the rage on MTV (just like crazytown). Trust.

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February 11, 2011   No Comments

Dreaming of Your Vacation

The Maldives are sinking. We sort of really, need to go. Shangri-la-la-la.

When I see little macrame white dresses and bejewelled sandals in stores, I have a major pang of ‘wanderlust.’  Resort clothing means vacation time for the snowbirds that flock abroad for a natural tan, sun kissed tresses and major relaxation.  This year, I am on stay-cation (insert ugly, uncontrollable sob) but for my LC dearies, I have compiled the best of Resort so that I may live vicariously through your wine-ing, dining, dancing and romancing.  If you have a fabulous time, that is all that matters.

There is nothing like burying your toes in the sand whilst enjoying a refreshing pina colada.  Or swimming in an infinity pool that stretches into the ocean.  Or gliding carelessly along clandestine cobblestone pathways.  Or dining al fresco watching the sun repose…in a precisely selected vacation wardrobe.

Just the way I like it: Earthy meets ruffle and belted! Alice + Olivia Avindale Maxi

Loving the wispy tiered quality of this Parker Tie Front Dress

  • Maxi Dress, Yes Please – A bohemian’s vacation wardrobe staple, the rich colours and breezy material are perfect for long daytime walks on the beach or navigating through market stalls.  There’s something about a maxi dress that puts you in a more relaxed state of mind.  Nicole Richie loves it.   

Balenciaga Oversize Two Tone Sunnies.

  • A Fresh Pair of Sunnies – Sunglasses are one of those things that I secretly hoard.  I can no longer justify buying cat eye sunglasses in different shades of tortoise shell.  I know.  It’s just wrong.  Badx3.  However, the ombre effect of this Spring’s crop of oversized Jackie O. styled sunglasses is quite delightful.

Seriously? Seriously. City of Love Ballerina Flats from Anthropologie.

  • Dancing In The Street – I have often been interrogated by airline personnel as to why my luggage was sooo over the weight limit.  “Miss, what is in your suitcase?” (insert slight annoyance with smidge of trying not to laugh) To which I replied, “Shoes.”  The right shoes will have you tip tapping on steps, grabbing your travel partners hand to skip down the block and walk-walk-walking all over that city.
  • A Relaxed Blouse – Perfect for days when lady-like is in order (such as visits to a church or temple, walks through museums where they crank up the air conditionning, a proper high tea, etc), a painted chiffon blouse would look stunning paired with shorts, accessorized with a few gold necklaces. 

Channelling Landscape Painter in an Anthropologie Flora Blouse

The world is your oyster. Conde Nast Traveller is a great reference for 'where to go next?'

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January 11, 2011   No Comments