The Weekend Edit Vol. 15


After the craziness that was last week, taking it easy this week was awesome. I didn't have any concrete plans, finally did some decent groceries, and got back to the yoga studio. Missing my weekly yoga sesh is something that I totally notice in my life. I think it's what keeps me sane. I also have a home practice, but there's something almost magical about the yoga studio I go to.

In other news, I found out something really exciting on Friday...I'm headed to Brussels in December!! Woohoo! These work trips are always so unexpected and I'm always so grateful to be able to travel like I do. Can't wait! If anyone has been to Brussels and has suggestions, let me know in the comments below!

You never know what will happen, so I always keep a phone battery booster in my purse. I've also just ordered this one for when I travel. Isn't it cute!

So far I haven't been very successful at food photography. This article is so in depth and has a ton of great tips. Definitely worth checking out.

Fall beauty trends to try! Straight hair and a bold red lip have been my go-to lately.

I am the queen of sleep, so for anyone who makes fun of my excessive need to sleep, you should read this.

And from Love. Loft. Life. this week:
My Fall Capsule Wardrobe // Jogging pants + Chambray shirt // Beauty Bits Vol. 1

How was your week?


Beauty Bits Vol. 1


TGIF!! I've made some naughty little beauty purchases in the past couple of weeks, and I decided to save them up for a Beauty Bits post. Mostly new launches, and one item that I somehow missed and don't know how because it's awesome!

Fall Capsule: Jogging pants + Chambray shirt


The first outfit from my Fall Capsule Wardrobe. Yay! And this one is a good one. A really good one.
I realize that I am lucky that I don't have a strict dress code at work, and so I can experiment a bit with my wardrobe. The priority for me is also comfort, as most days I am running around all over the place. Enter these printed jogging pants from J. Crew. I think it's love. Keep reading for additional photos and more outfit details!

Fall Capsule Wardrobe!


Today is officially the first day of Fall! While I'm very sad to see the end of summer, the near frigid temperatures we've had here in Montreal over the past 2 weeks have really put me in the mood for fall.

In my first Wardrobe Restyle post, I mentioned my interest in experimenting in capsule wardrobes. I love the idea of having a capsule wardrobe, but have always been a little bit hesitant to try having one. I love my clothes, and I like variety, but I decided to take the plunge this Fall and create a capsule wardrobe for my work wear. Keep reading for more photos and details!

The Weekend Edit Vol. 14


My ultimate goal for today is to do absolutely nothing. And I mean nothing. I had a whirlwind trip Monday and Tuesday to the middle-of-nowhere New Jersey for annual Jaguar Land Rover training. Came home Wednesday on an absolute low after having driven exquisite 550 hp vehicles the past two days. Onto Thursday and Friday where I was double booked all over the place, back-to-back meetings and conferences and late night suppers. Finally Sunday has arrived and I'm ready to chill out in my PJs all day long. Haven't had too much internet time this week, but here are a couple of things I found.

The one thing I miss about my long hair is being able to do interesting up-dos on those days when I really don't want to fuss with my hair. This post has some cute ideas, and the last one was my fave!

LOVE this video of tips for a better morning. I didn't do any of my quick morning yoga flows this past week and it's hitting me hard. Back at it next week!

Totally crushing on this swimsuit after seeing Anna pack it in her suitcase.

And in case you missed any Love. Loft. Life. posts from this week (it's a wonder anything got posted. Thank goodness for scheduling):
Evaluating Your Wardrobe // Evaluating Your Lifestyle

How was your week?


Wardrobe Restyle - Evaluating Your Lifestyle


Good morning! After doing a mega pre-fall cleanup of our closets, it's time to take a step back from looking directly at our wardrobes, and start looking into ourselves. Deep, I know. If you're ever faced with the statement "I have nothing to wear" in the morning, it may be because your wardrobe isn't reflecting you or your needs. Your wardrobe should reflect your personality, but also your lifestyle. So today, we're going to take a look at our lifestyles and see if our wardrobes compliment that. Keep reading for more!

Wardrobe Restyle - Evaluating Your Wardrobe


The weather has been quite chilly over the past couple days here in Montreal, and it's really starting to feel like Fall. With that in mind, it's time to start Part 2 of Wardrobe Restyle (catch all the previous posts here!) and prep our wardrobes for Fall. Today we're going to evaluate the current state of our wardrobes and do a clean up. Keep reading for more!

The Weekend Edit Vol. 13


Phew! I don't know about you, but I am totally exhausted after this week. I didn't sleep particularly well, and work was pretty dull this week. And when work is dull, I get bored, and when I get bored, I get tired. On the bright side, I got to catch up with a lot of my friends this week. Had an AMAZING meal at Tuck Shop on Wednesday for my lovely friend's birthday. I love eating at small local restaurants, who emphasize local ingredients.
Moving on to next week! Headed to the airport this evening for a super exciting mini-trip (for me at least) for the next couple days. Stay tuned to Instagram for glimpses into my alter-ego ;). Ok, onto my roundup of cool things I found on the internet this week.

I am so making this tart for my next dinner party! Also on the topic of yummy things, this smoothie looks amazing.

The 13 types of people on Instagram. Hilarious!

Wendy's outfit is perfection.

What would your Fashion Blogger Name be? Apparently mine should be Basic Basil Bae. I'm dying over here!

I have serious closet envy after looking through these fashion blogger closets.

And finally, in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
Would you wear men's cologne? // My Signature Outfit // My Signature Beauty Look

How was your week??


p.s. Small announcement, if you've been a Bloglovin follower since the beginning (Thank you!!), you may still be following the old account. I switched over to a self-hosted domain a few months ago, and would so appreciate if you followed the new account here. Thanks!

Wardrobe Restyle - Signature Look


An important part of developing personal style is having a signature look. Something you can always fall back on when you don't know what to wear. It should be comfortable, but also versatile so you can easily switch it up. I seriously can't get enough stripes into my wardrobe, and I'm afraid to admit how many of this exact shirt I own. Keep reading for more photos and full outfit details.

The Weekend Edit Vol. 12


Happy weekend! Thankfully this was a 4-day work week, otherwise I don't think I would have survived. Spending another weekend at the cottage, relaxing and spending time with the chipmunks! There are about half a dozen chipmunks who live in the area around our cottage, and we are known as the food gods to them. If you follow me on Instagram, the chipmunks are often featured. There is one in particular, who we have named CC (for Crazy Chipmunk) who is so friendly and cuddly. She comes over and jumps right onto our shoulders! She's so silly, she will do anything for a peanut. Ok, I  confess that I might be a little obsessed with the chipmunks. In other news, here are some cool things I found on the internet this week.

I really liked this list of things you should do in your 20s.

I totally agree with everything in this list about things no one tells you about being a grown up, especially about valuing sleep. Sleep is my superpower.

The fact that Barbie is a fashion blogger made me laugh so much!

Anyone else obsessed with all the #nyfw snaps taking over their social media feeds? Here is a list of all the live feeds. I also like to see what J. Crew puts together.

LOVED this interview with Bill Cunningham on the state of the fashion industry.

And in case you missed anything from here on Love. Loft. Life. this week:

10 Item Wardrobe // My thoughts on fashion & fashion blogging

What did you get up to this weekend?


My thoughts on fashion & fashion blogging


As I'm starting to get more and more into fashion and style related posts here on the blog, I've been thinking about writing a post like this for a while. I figured with New York Fashion Week in full swing, what better time!

Let's talk a bit about why I'm so passionate about fashion, shall we? Ok, stop right there. I have a hard time with the word fashion. Fashion is something very volatile in my opinion. I prefer to talk about style, and personal style. I think style and fashion are two distinct things, but interwoven with each other. That may have made no sense. Moving on.

My grandmother was always a very classy and stylish lady, and I always looked up to her. In fact, many of my vintage pieces come from her. I think she's the root of my love for fashion and style. She was a very avid seamstress, and would actually make many of her clothes. She taught me how to sew, but unfortunately I wasn't much into it at the time. I should have paid more attention. She also made my dress for graduation from kindergarten (do they still have kindergarten graduations these days??), and I LOVED that dress. If she were still around today, I think she would be very proud of my current style choices.

While careers in fashion have always fascinated me, I never really thought it was for me. That being said, I've had my chance here and there to dabble in it. I took a fashion design course in high school, which was awesome, and I still enjoy drawing up sketches of models and outfits now and then.

Through my dad's work in the automotive industry, I also get to help choose the outfits for the girls who work for Jaguar Land Rover at the auto shows every year. My dad is never really thrilled with this task, so he's always happy to have some female help come along. I've helped put together many outfits over the past few years, and I'm pretty darn proud of some of them (those cream pant suits with gold tops, from BCBG, circa auto show circuit 2012 were to die for!).

I've also had my fair share of fashion faux-pas over the years as well. As a student, I basically lived in Lululemon leggings and sweatshirts. Hey, cut the girl some slack! Being a science nerd is hard work!

All of this to say that my love for fashion and style runs deep, and I'm really enjoying doing these posts on my blog. I read a lot of fashion and style blogs, and it's amazing to see how far blogging has taken some of these women in the industry. That being said, I also really admire the bloggers who blog about style with what they have, and don't feel the need to go out and purchase a pair of Manolo's just to have a great post. Luxury things are nice as a treat, but they most certainly don't define you. Two women can be equally as stylish, one in DVF and the other in Gap.

Maybe this post was a little long-winded, and also a little disjointed, but I wanted to get these thoughts down in writing. My friend Joelle also did a great post this weekend on her priorities as a style blogger. So you should definitely go check that out.

What are your thoughts on fashion and fashion blogging??


Wardrobe Restyle - 10 Piece Wardrobe


We're almost done the first part of Wardrobe Restyle (catch the other posts here, here, and here). Now, before you freak out about the title of this post, this is simply a thought experiment to help us further delve into our personal style. Think about all of the items you currently have in your wardrobe, excluding outerwear and accessories like scarves and jewelry. If you could only keep 10 of those items, what would they be? Keep reading to see my 10 most loved items in my wardrobe!

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