Trend Alert: Oak Leaves

One beautiful trend that I am in love with on Etsy is the use of oak leaves in women's accessories. They are delicate, feminine and reminiscent of Grecian goddesses {and hello, what woman doesn't want to feel like a goddess on a daily basis??}

Here are my top 5 oak leaf inspired accessory picks found on Etsy for Fall 2013!

Oak leaf headband by My Lavaliere

Oak leaf and acorn lariat by Briguys Girls

Oak leaf hair comb by Fawning in Love

Oak leaf bobby pins by A Pocket of Posies

Oak leaf adjustable ring by CoutuKitsch

Which one is your favourite?


Tribal prints by Kristine Cook Designs

Last month, you saw me wearing some super trendy black and white tribal print designs created Kristine Cook Designs.

This trend is one that I absolutely love. These pieces are amazing statement pieces and when paired with staples from your own wardrobe, like a simple tank or a dark pair of skinny jeans, they really set your outfit apart from everyone else out there.

Kristine created these pieces out of a lightweight bamboo and I loved the feel of the fabric against my skin. it was light and airy, but the jacket in particular was great for touring around Chicago on the cool nights, and for battling the air conditioning on the airplane on the way home from BlogHer'13.

Have you incorporated black and white tribal prints into you wardrobe?


Black and White Tribal Print Shorts? Yes please!

The black and white tribal print trends are still taking centre stage in fashion and when they are paired with skinny pants or jeans, or shorts, they're absolutely amazing.

These shorts on are nothing short of incredible

Pair them with falls hot colors of rich red, navy, bold emerald and eggplant and you have a stunning afternoon outfit that will easily translate into our last few warm summer nights. Accent them with lace, like int the photo above, or some layered necklaces and a chunky cuff bracelet.

Really, you can't go wrong!


Kristine Cook Designs...color blocking at its best!

One of my absolute favourite dresses from all of the pieces that Kristine Cook Designs created for me this year fro BlogHer'13 was my color block dress.

I went to her with the idea of using some of the really trendy Pantone colors of 2013, Mykonos Blue and Emerald, to do a funky color block dress.

This is what she created

I absolutely love how it accentuated my tiny little waist and how Kristine tied everything together with the wide stretchy black belt, which mirrored the styling of the hem, sleeves and neck.

When we got to the hemline, I actually asked Kristine to raise it a little...then a little more. I feel so stinking sexy and this dress really made me embrace my new body shape and every curve that I have.

On the back is an exposed zipper, and I think it adds such a funky flair to the already striking design!

How do you rock the color blocking trend?


Fashionista Friday: Kristine Cook Designs custom maxi dress

A few months ago, I asked London, Ontario fashion designer Kristine Cook if she could design and create for me a maxi dress that would be flowing....flattering...and in my proportions.

You see, I am 5'2" which means that a lot of those cute maxi dresses out there on the market just do not fit and are always hit my body at the wrong spot.

What she designed was amazing, and I am thrilled to show it to you today.

From the first sketch, to the completion of the dress, I was in love. It fit, it flowed and it was flattering.

This is going to be my day look for the Saturday at BlogHer'13. It's so super comfy, yet incredibly girly and I really feel as though it showcases who I am as an artist, a blogger and a woman all in one piece. Paired with silver and white gladiator sandals, my aluminum Ron Ostlund Jr. hammered cuff bracelet and a sparkly silver boho headband from Alice in Bloom and it is absolutely perfect!

How do you wear your maxi dress?


Pinterest Fashion Inspiration, Boho Neutral

Back again this week celebrating the neutral fashion trends, but this time with a bit of boho thrown in.

There is an abundance of things that I love about this outfit.

First and foremost, the gladiator sandal. It is such a beautiful trend, and one that I hope stays along and reforms itself for quite a while. I have three pairs of gladiators {white and silver, blue and brass, sparkly black} but I have yet to find the perfect pair of neutral gladiators. These ones are perfect and I love the tassel detail on the side.

The white top and cuffed denim shorts are nostalgic of summer nights of our youth, and they translate well when paired with the gladiator sandals. Oh, and that metal cuff? Amazing! I love the sparrow motif; it is very popular as of late and pulls the look together really nicely.

For me, this is a perfect festival or outdoor concert outfit. It would be excellent for a patio lunch with the girls, or an afternoon at the park with the kids.

Where would you wear this outfit? Is there one particular element that stands out to you that you just love?

Fabulous Pinterest Finds, the new neutrals

The new neutrals to hit the runways and red carpets this year are beautiful peach and blush tones, crisp whites and creamy beige...absolutely just stunning neutral tones that will compliment every complexion.

This one from LuxeFinds on Pinterest is gorgeous!

I absolutely adore this dress. It is soft and flowing, the way a floor length gown should be, and it is perfectly accented by the belt and gathering at the waist.

I also love that at around the knees, the fabric gets darker and darker. It's ombre!! It is absolutely stunning!

Where would you wear a dress like this?


Fashionista Friday: Kristine Cook Designs, custom dress

I have been sitting and waiting to reveal my dress from my brother-in-laws wedding that Kristine Cook Designs specifically designed for me.

Oh. My. God!

 First and foremost, the dress fit me like a glove. This is the most wonderful thing about working with a fashion designer; the take your measurements, have multiple fittings with you and ensure that the garment fits your body perfectly before you take it home.

When I asked Kristine about how to style the look, she said to go dark and smokey with the eye and big and bold with the accessories. I found the perfect chunky black bib necklace at Joe Fresh (for a whopping $7!) and had the makeup artist up the drama on my eyes, while keeping my lip neutral.

And my date? He was pretty impressed! I felt so beautiful and confident in my custom dress by Kristine Cook Designs and would absolutely recommend her in a heartbeat.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Kristine Cook Designs for this post. I just absolutely love working with her and wanted to share her beautiful designs!