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6 Fall Must-Haves

Fall Must Haves

When I think of Fall, I think of pumpkins, apples, warm colours, and cozy knits.  Here are a few of my Fall must-haves.

1. Bath and Body Works Mini Candle in “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin”

When it comes to candles, I’m typically more of a vanilla/musk/men’s cologne type of gal, but I have been absolutely loving this Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle as of late.  Picture a fresh pumpkin pie baking in the oven mixed with a hit of vanilla (mmmm, right?!).  I love that it fills the house with fragrance, but isn’t overpowering/headache inducing.  I own this candle in the 3-wick version, but how cute is this mini version? Perfect for testing out the scent!

2. Old Navy Patterned Sweater Cape in “Warm Multi”

Capes are huge for fall this year, and I’m in love with the Aztec-inspired pattern on this one from Old Navy.  What’s great about this cape is that you can wear it many different ways: over top of a chambray shirt, a sweater, a dress, and beyond.  It can be a statement piece that inspires the rest of your outfit, or simply an extra layer you leave at your desk during the day for when the office is chilly.  It’s versatile, affordable, and the perfect cozy material for Fall. And while I’m still a huge fan of the blanket scarf, this is a fun alternative.

3. Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in “Brandy” 

When it comes to lip colours, I simply can’t resist a good berry tone.  This one from Bite Beauty is perfect for Fall.  Described as a “muted raspberry”, it’s super pigmented, applies smoothly, and has a matte finish.  The crayon-style applicator allows you to line your lips easily before filling them in, and the colour has serious staying power. For mornings that are getting increasingly darker (and when you start using the “snooze” button more often), simply pair this shade with some mascara and you’re good to go.  I’ve blogged previously about Bite Beauty and their use of food-grade ingredients; I’ve become a big fan and highly recommend trying them out!

4. Grove Square Spiced Single Serve Hot Apple Cider 

If Fall were a drink, it would be a nice hot glass of apple cider.  These k-cups are a super fast, easy, and convenient way to enjoy this seasonal classic at home, without having to make a full pot.  If you’re feeling fancy you can even add some cinnamon sticks or orange slices.  Yum!

5. Forever 21 Leaf Statement Necklace

There’s something so very “Greek Goddess” about nature-inspired jewelry, and this gorgeous one from Forever 21 is just $12.90!  What’s great is that, while it’s perfect for this time of year, it can actually be worn year-round.  And because a statement necklace makes, well, such a statement, it can be worn with the simplest of outfits (hello button-up and dress pants) for those not-so-easy Fall Monday mornings.  If you’re feeling a little more energetic, picture this necklace paired with a buttoned-up chambray shirt, a top-knot, a berry lip, and hey, maybe even the cape from Old Navy!

6. Mark’s Work Warehouse “Brooklyn” Mid-Rise Plaid Rain Boot

Buffalo plaid.  Need I say more? These fun rain boots from Mark’s Work Warehouse are perfect for Fall’s rainy days.  Even better? They are treated with antimicrobial technology to ensure they stay smelling and looking fresh.  I own a pair, and wore mine recently to go apple picking!

What are your essentials for Fall?  Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Accessories to Ring in Spring!

5 Things for Spring

While Summer is my favourite season, there’s just something about the fresh, warm(er), Spring air that makes me smile.  Another thing I love about Spring? It’s when bright colours and fun patterns make their way back into style.  Check out these 5 fun accessories I’ve chosen to help you celebrate.

1.  Indigo Applique Pouch Swimmer 

Just try and look at this pouch without cracking a smile (it’s basically impossible).  Use it as a makeup bag, put your camera in it, or rock it as a fun clutch!

2.  Kate Spade New York Umbrella

Until those flowers arrive, make the most of April’s showers with this adorable umbrella from Kate Spade New York (that reads “Rain Check?”).  The clear shell allows you to actually see where you’re walking (it’s happened to all of us…), and it folds up easily with a tab-with-snap closure.

3.  Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Anarchy”

Aside from being one of my favourite accessories in general, I especially love that each season comes with a brand new range of lipstick shades to choose from.  One of my favourites right now, (and one that is perfect for Spring and Summer), is this gorgeous bright fuchsia from Urban Decay (picture of me wearing it here).  Extremely pigmented, this lipstick applies super-smoothly and keeps your lips moisturized courtesy of jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter.

4.  Aldo “Frerima” Necklace

I love this necklace for 3 reasons: 1. the floral design screams “Spring”, 2. the colour allows it to be extremely wearable, and 3. the unique, asymmetrical design makes it extremely interesting to the eye.  Pair it with a simple black dress, or with a plain tee and jeans.

5.  Keds Crashback in “Navy Flamingo”

Warmer weather and sunshine means it’s time to trade in those Uggs for something a little lighter (unless you’re me and wear them all year round, of course).  Called “Crashback” because you can collapse the back of the shoe any way you’d like, these awesome flamingo-adorned slide-ons are perfect for commuting to the office, or pairing with jeans on the weekend (making them both fun and practical).  Not a flamingo kind of gal? They come in a variety of other colours/patterns (but really…who’s not a flamingo kind of gal?!).

 

#DealOfTheDay: Stella & Dot Jolie Necklace

Stella & Dot-Necklace

I’m already a huge fan of Stella & Dot‘s jewelry: their pieces are gorgeous and extremely well-made.  Some of my favorite items include the “Rebel Pendant” in gold (I Instagrammed this here), the “Zoe Lariat Necklace“, and the “Renegade Cluster Bracelet” in gold.

I’m also a huge fan of consignment and thrift shopping (potential future post on my favourite spots!).  So, you can imagine my excitement when two of my favourite things came together in a beautiful twist of fate.  This Stella & Dot Jolie Necklace was released in 2013 and originally retailed for $79.00.  I purchased it at a local second-hand store for only $15.00 (it even came in it’s original box)!  I’m in love with the mix of gold and emerald, and can’t wait to pair this with royal blue or hot pink (Spring is on the way, afterall!).

Do you like to shop at local consignment or thrift stores?  Do you have a rave-worthy find?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Ten

Photos and logo as seen on  oldnavy.ca

Photos and logo as seen on oldnavy.ca

It’s no secret that, along with statement necklaces, I can’t say no to a fun graphic tee.  Old Navy has been selling some great ones as of late, (I posted one of my favourites here), and as part of their Black Friday sale, they are online for only $8.00!  The ones pictured above (left to right) are all part of this sale and read: 1. “if you are waiting for a sign this is it”, 2. “Everything has beauty”, 3. “being fabulous is the best come back”, and 4. “Happy is the new black”. If you’re looking for something a little more “festive”, check out some of their holiday-themed graphic tees here and here (ranging from $6.00-$9.00 during the sale).  What makes these tees a great gift, (aside from being super affordable), is that you can choose one that speaks to your friend or family member’s personality, making them even more meaningful.  And, while you’re at it, why not pair it with a cute statement necklace to help complete the outfit?

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine 

How I Style: Statement Necklaces

Statement Necklace

It’s no secret that statement necklaces are a wardrobe staple of mine.  T-shirts, dresses, sweatshirts: necklines just look that much better with a gorgeous, sparkly piece around them.  What I also love about a good statement necklace, is its versatility: work, date night or a lazy Sunday, there’s one for every possible occasion.

Enter the stunner featured in the pictures below, from Cards and Presents in Toronto (check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).  I highly recommend this necklace: it is of great quality and has a strong lobster-clasp closure.  This beauty (in my favourite colour) retails for $20.00 Cdn +tax, and can be purchased in-person at Cards and Presents’ location in Toronto (245 Queen Street West; you can’t miss the pink storefront!).  Or, you can purchase it from their new online store, which launched October 1st (don’t you just love being able to shop in your yoga pants?!).  Use code “CANSHIP” for free shipping within Canada until November 15th!

Check out the different ways I like to wear this necklace below, and visit me on Instagram at  @elyse270 to see some additional pics.  Let’s get started!

1. Work

Feel like it just takes too much effort to stumble out of bed and get ready for work most mornings?  You can sleep in, put your hair in a ponytail, pop on a sparkly necklace, and you’re insta-glam. Problem solved.  Pair it with dress pants and a simple tee, and you’re good to go.

Outfit featured below:

Pants, Joe Fresh

Top, Gap

Shoes, Sears Canada

Sunglasses, Ray-Ban Aviators (featured throughout post)

Lipstick, The Body Shop Colour Crush in #205 (featured throughout post)

Nail Polish, Formula X in “X Heart Rouge” (featured throughout post)

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2. Weekend

When it comes to the weekend, I’m all about keeping my outfit simple and comfy.  I also love the idea of pairing a statement necklace with these comfier clothes; it makes you feel a little more put-together in your leggings or flowy maxi skirt.

Outfit featured below:

Skirt, Old Navy

Top, Joe Fresh

Belt, Danier

Shoes, Payless

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 3. A Night Out

To me, date night or a night out on the town is a fun event, and so I think your outfit should follow suit.  Now is the time to wear all the things you can’t wear to work on a daily basis: leggings, tighter fitting clothing, or denim.  It’s also the perfect opportunity to throw on a glitzy piece of statement jewelry, and hit the town!

Outfit featured below:

Leggings, Mark by Avon

Top, Bluenotes

Jacket, American Eagle

Shoes, Nine West

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#DealOfTheDay Neon Statement Necklace

Chapters

Aside from being a bookstore with a great atmosphere, Indigo has also seriously upped their style-game in recent years.  Carrying brands such as Kate Spade, Matt & Nat, and Dogeared, they now offer purses, scarves, and jewelry that give fashion boutiques a run for their money.

For those of you who know me, you’re thinking, “another necklace Elyse?!”, but one look at this beauty and I’m sure you agree, it deserves a good home.  Did I also mention that it was on sale for $9.80?! ( It’s still available online here, in case you’d like to give one a home, too.)

In fact, it also pairs perfectly with another recent favourite of mine: The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick (mine is in #205, a matte “Passionate Pink”).

 

 

 

Not Your Average T-Shirt: Styling Statement Necklaces

Tees

Statement necklaces are a wardrobe game-changer.  They can take a plain old dress and make it new again, they can add some pizazz to the collar of a simple button up shirt, and they can also make your favourite comfy tee-shirt work or night-out appropriate (who doesn’t want to wear a t-shirt to work?!).  Once you’ve chosen your tee-and-necklace combo, tuck your shirt into a skirt (maxi or otherwise) to dress it up even more, or wear with some skinny jeans and flats for a perfect weekend pairing.

Check out some of my recent pairings, above (from left to right).

1.  T-Shirt: Old Navy, Necklace: Aldo Accessories “Kalvoda” in Grey

2. T-Shirt: Old Navy, Necklace: Suzy Shier

3. T-Shirt: Roots “Championship T-Shirt”, Necklace: Old Navy

“I love jewelry–rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, you name it.  If my stylist didn’t stop me, I’d go out looking like a Christmas tree.” ~Sofia Vergara 

 

Flamingo and Floral Finds Under $20.00!

Flamingos and Flora

There’s something about flamingos that make me smile. Maybe it is that I associate them with sunshine and tropical destinations (or maybe it’s just because they’re pink…how cool!?). Either way, I can’t help but love the awesome clothing and accessories I’ve seen lately that pay tribute to such a fun (and chic) animal. Same goes for the floral trend that’s been around for some time now; who can resist an adorable bouquet of blooms around their neck? Not me. Here are some of my recent floral-and-flamingo-finds…did I mention they are all under $20.00?!

1. Flamingo Necklace from Aldo Accessories ($14.98 + buy one get one free)

2. Floral Crop Top from Marshalls ($12.99)

3. Flamingo Scarf from Banana Republic ($11.99 +20% off)

4. Floral Statement Necklace from Loft ($35.99 +50% off)