Getaway Faves

Getaway Faves

Hey guys.

 Since the next month for me includes a fair bit of travel, I put together a list of my favourite things to pack for getaways. For plane rides, go for a comfortable, yet chic look with these 1.61 drawstring pants and Osman crop top. I’m a big fan of totes when travelling and this white leather Smythson is the holy grail of handbags. It’s perfect for shoving the latest issue of Vogue, sunscreen, a water bottle, and whatever other necessities you find you just can’t part with. Don’t forget to protect your iPad with this beyond-cute Toucan print case from Kate Spade. For lunches and nights out opt for a fun clutch like this Marc by Marc Jacobs one featuring his signature bulldog. You can thank the fashion gods for the latest obsession with Birks because these guys are the perfect shoe for exploring your destination city. Don’t forget to document the trip: I especially love the Fuji film Instax camera that instantly prints out photos as you take them. In terms of beauty, low key is best. Simply spray in some Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for the perfect beach waves and you’re out the door in seconds. I also love this Bobbi Brown multi-tasking cream that works on both your cheeks and lips. Lastly, opt for a bright nail colour on your trip. I am currently obsessed with this bright blue from Essie that goes perfectly with the seasons whites. Be sure to pack a pair of cute sunnies. I like this Tory Burch pair that are classic and neutral enough to pair with any outfit. Lastly, no matter if you’re going to the beach or the city, always pack a swimsuit. I love this classic nautical striped two-piece by Chloe.

Wishing you all safe travels and a good first week of May!

-Lo

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Easy Dressing

Easy Dressing
Watch  |  Nail Polish  |  Glasses  |  Shirt  |  iPhone Case  |  Purse  |   Sneakers   |   Jeans  |  Sweater Coat

Hey Everyone!

With our clocks set ahead one hour this Sunday I thought I should start posting a few of my favourite Spring trends. I know today is exceptionally warm out, but trust me fellow Torontonians, it is just a tease. Sadly, tomorrow is supposed to snow a crap load and go back down to -17, so brace yourselves. Anyway, This outfit speaks to my personal style in volumes. It’s all about being trendy yet relaxed and comfortable. I’m all about the sneaker game and die for these woven Nike high tops. Similarly, I’m obsessed with the oversized sweater coat look; it goes with everything, especially in this warm camel colour, and will keep you warm with the weather transitioning. Boyfriend jeans are another staple this spring and in a light wash you can’t go wrong. Pair these with sneakers or dress ’em up with your favourite heels. Lastly, Ice cream colours are also a favourite trend and I’m loving cotton candy pinks and buttercup yellows. Spring is definitely a time to experiment with nail colours.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m looking forward to lighter layers and warmer weather! Stay tuned for more Spring Fashion reports!

-Lo

Playing Tourist: The Chi-Town Girls Trip

Hey All!

I am so excited to finally get this post out. I decided to do this post similar to my Playing Tourist: Gastown post. Basically I’m going to tell you the best places to shop, eat, and play.

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{the numerous bridges that run over the two rivers throughout the city}

Where to Eat

(1) RPM Italian : Not only did Guiliana and Bill Rancic get an A+ in their restaurant’s layout and décor, but there food really impressed me as well. It’s not just your typical Italian cuisine—they succeed because they add a personal touch to each entrée (i.e. Mama DePandi’s Pasta & Bill’s Chocolate Budino), nothing is too large to eat, and everything has a ton of flavour…if you’re feeling like a girly drink I suggest the Piccolo Roso, which is a blend of Cocchi Rose, Strawberry and Prosecco. For the main course, I will suggest Mama DePandi’s Bucatini Pomodoro, or the Maine Lobster Ravioli. For—what I thought to be the best part of my experience—dessert, you must try Bill’s Chocolate Budino, which is a salted caramel mouse-like pudding with cocoa nibs (probably the greatest thing I have ever tasted in my life).

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{Mama DePandi’s Pasta}

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{Maine Lobster Ravioli}

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{Bill’s Chocolate Budino}

(2)Pizzeria Due (or Uno). Basically, this is where the Deep Dish Pizza—which Chicago is so famous for—was invented. In 1943 Ike Sewell basically took a pie recipe and substituted Italian spices and ingredients to bake a pizza that takes almost an hour to bake—and from what I tasted, is well worth the wait. Pizzeria Uno and Due are across the street from each other, so simply choose one and wait (you will wait an hour for your pizza regardless, so it’s best to place your order while you are waiting for your table).

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(3) While wondering the streets of Chicago, I recommend you find a Crumbs Bake Shop located in several areas around Chicago and try the S’mores Cupcake or the Peanutbutter Cup (especially if you don’t feel like eating dinner that day).

Where to Shop

(4) This may be a no-brainer, but the The Magnificent Mile is pretty frekin Magnificent. It has every shop you can think of with a wide variety of price ranges (Think Burberry and Saks to Zara and Forever 21). It has the majority of department stores (Nordstrom, Macy’s, & Bloomingdales), all the favourite Canadian stores for those who just can’t stay away (Lululemon & Aritzia), and it even has a few patio restaurants along the way to help you freshen up in between stores because we all know shopping can be a bit tiring.

(5) If conventional department stores and shops aren’t your thing,  try taking a short subway ride away from downtown to the Wicker Park/Bucktown area. Go down North Damon street and you’ll experience a wide variety of the cutest storefronts and restaurants including Marc by Marc Jacobs (Ok—maybe this doesn’t go beyond the generic—but still my favourite store), Boutique grocery store The Goddess and the Grocer, and Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. Take a walk just around the corner to find Glazed and Infused, one of Chicago’s best Donut shops. Try the Passionfruit Pistachio or the Classic Chocolate and you’re sure to come back for more.

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{The Goddess and the Grocer}

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{Wicker Park Apartments}

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{Mindy’s Hot Chocolate}

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{Marc by Marc Jacobs}

Where to Play

(5) If you’ve never been, you must visit The Navy Pier. A tourist trap for sure, it is still a necessary trip, if not for an hour or two. If the lines aren’t too long, hit the ferris wheel (which, by the way, was first invented at the Navy Pier in Chicago), or try one of the many restaurants lining the pier. If you’re not feeling the touristy vibe, simply go for a run along the pier and take in the pretty views at the end (but beware of high winds). Side note: They often do a firework show, so check the website for a schedule of dates!

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{The first ferris wheel}

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{Navy Pier}

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{Hello Canoes}

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{View off the end of the pier—lake for days}

(6) Take an architectural tour because Chicago is famous for it. Check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s (the most famous architect) work on the Chicago Line Cruises. They’ll point out which building was meant to look like a champagne bottle and which was designed to blend in with it’s surroundings (namely the river).

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{Chicago Line Cruises via the River}

(7) Visit Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Simply snap a pic at the famous Cloud Gate (it strongly resembles the Elsa Peretti Bean at Tiffany’s) while on your way to the Art institute, which is currently showing a Fashion and Modernity exhibit till the end of September.

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{The Art Institute}

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{The Cloud Gate}

(8) If you’re running low on energy on your way home from the Museum, take a quick pit stop at the famous Magnolia Bakery, which I fell in love with on my trip the big apple. (In case you havn’t noticed, I love cupcakes…)

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{Magnolia Cupcakes}

(9) Last, but not least, end off a long day of walking  with a nice big glass of bubbly. Stop by Pops for Champagne, which is a champagne bar that has the largest champagne menu in all of America. It’s also conveniently located just off of the Magnificent Mile, so be sure to end a fabulous day of shopping with a glass of champagne.

On another side note, I would recommend attending a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Fields, especially if you’re visiting with your male counterparts—or simply for your own pleasure (unfortunately, none of the girls on my trip wanted to go).

I hope you all enjoyed my post and let me know if you have any suggestions for places to visit in Chicago!

-Lo

Currently Craving: Colour Me Black?

Hey Everyone!

After a busy week of being sick with a sinus infection and feeling awful, this will be the best I can give you on the blog! Perhaps it was the fact that my only day off was rainy and filled with long hours spent at the library, but I just can’t stay away from the colour black (can I even call black a colour? shade?). Black, black, black. I know it’s supposed to be summer and we should bring out the colours, but it’s just so easy to wear…. and it reflects the weather, and….it looks so good. I know many people have the same problem of having little colour in their wardrobe, but if the shoe fits…. why not wear it!? Right? So here we go… This week’s Currently Craving:

Currently Craving

Wilfred DressZara Sandals / Karen Walker Sunglasses / Marc by Marc Jacobs Phone Case / Rebecca Minkoff Pouch  / Aritzia Jacket / Rebecca Minkoff Shorts

I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but my favourite designers right now are Rebecca Minkoff and Marc by Marc Jacobs (it’s not that obvious right?). I know it’s pretty mainstream of me, but I’m not against going with the grain (haha, get it?). Anyway, I have a current obsession with black leather…similar to my obsession in the winter, but the pieces I’m currently craving are seasonally acceptable (summer-ized!). 
The strappy Zara closed-toe sandals are perfect when matched with a black leather pouch (like the Rebecca Minkoff pouch shown) and complement a pair of light-wash jeans divinely.
As always, Marc Jacobs has come up with the cutest Zebra Iphone cover and I’m all for the phone case critters (hello cats). 
If you know me at all, then you have seen my leather shorts and you know that I think this is a wardrobe essential! They’re like a cooler version of plain black shorts. Try this pair by Rebecca Minkoff and I promise you’ll never go back to boring old cotton (or worse, Polyester) shorts again!
Throw in a good pair of retro Karen Walker sunnies and you make any outfit cute, be it a plain white tee and how about a twirly PARTYSKIRT anyone?
My last two cravings are from the infamous Aritzia (how original, right?). I’m in love with the Talula Jean Jacket with leather sleeves, because if you havn’t noticed yet… I. just. can’t. get. enough. of. leather (it’s an addiction). If you don’t mind a lot of black in your outfit, pair this cute jacket with the Wilfred Colour-block Tank Dress. I’m all about comfort, so this T shirt style dress is perfect and… it’s not completely black!  Hello grey!!! 
Well, that’s it for now. I’ve got two more posts in the works so stay tuned!
-Lo