5 Trends I’m Eyeing This Spring

While Spring hasn’t quite reached us here in Newfoundland, I officially refuse to wear my big winter jacket, scrape my car or shovel anymore. I’ve been living vicariously through bloggers I follow on Instagram who live in warmer climates to get me excited about the warmer weather that is (hopefully!) to come.

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying very hard to strategically shop. I’m focusing on buying things I either really need (a pair of classic, black skinny jeans or new work clothes) or buying something I know is totally amazing and is a great price (a super cute green bomber jacket). I especially love shopping for the Spring and Summer seasons so I’m starting to think about some pieces I want to invest in over the next few months. The top 5 trends I’m eyeing for Spring are below, with some inspiration I’ve found online!

  • Overly Detailed Blouses

I’ve noticed online and in stores that overly detailed blouses have caught my eye. I love how brands are mixing bolder prints with bell sleeves, big bows/ties and embroidery, ruffles and layers etc.  The mix of details becomes eye-catching and clashes in a way that totally works.

This one from Nordstrom has a wrap with a bow, a subtle print and then the layered bell sleeve.

This one from Shopbop has a bold color, with big ruffles and a one-sided strap.

I love the clash of pattern in this one from Zara with the huge tie in the middle.

  • Classic Leather Jacket

I wouldn’t call this a new trend by any means, but I feel like this is a staple and I’m on the hunt for a black leather jacket that can be used for anything and everything.

This one from Zara looks cool and comfortable. Easily paired with jeans for casual weekend outfits, but could also be layered over light, summer dresses.

This one from Nordstrom is the perfect contrast between oversized and structured.

  • Off the Shoulder Tops

I love the bell sleeves and how this one looks fairy-like and light.

This one is one of my favourites with the pin stripe print. It’s simple and still looks put together.

I love everything about this one. The colors, the fit and the fact that it’s ribbed sweater material.

  • Mules

These are from Spring and I can just see how versatile and easy these would be to throw on with any outfit.

I love these, but probably not for our climate here on the east coast. The pop of colour is perfect and they are great for summer days and nights.

These come in a variety of patterns and colors and while they’re flat I love how they have a similar look to the classic Gucci loafer.

  • Delicate Jewelry

This delicate choker is perfect and versatile.

I love the simplicity of these gold hoops. I’ve always been a fan of yellow gold jewelry, and a great pair of delicate hoops is something I’m definitely looking for.

This bracelet comes in rose gold, yellow gold and silver.

 

What are some of the trends you are eyeing this Spring??

xoxo

-Rena

 

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The Birkenstock Comeback

As we transitioned into Summer this year I came to notice that Birkenstocks were making a comeback and people were actually styling them in ways that I found to be very cute and practical. For the last few years I had always considered them to be “the ugly sandal”, however recently I have had a change of heart towards them. I decided it was time to get on board with the Birkenstock sandal and went out and purchased myself a pair. I was tempted by the new rose gold style or some other fun pattern (see here), but decided that it was best to choose a more neutral, practical colour so I decided on the matte black. After living in Vancouver for almost a year, I was constantly on the lookout for cute, comfortable shoes, that I knew I could walk a fair distance in. I did a lot of walking in my general commute so comfortable shoes were always important, which was only more incentive for me to embrace the comeback of the Birkenstock.

Below I have highlighted my 4 favourite ways for styling the Birkenstock sandal (images via Pinterest).

  1. Paired with a sweet, summer dress.

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2. Skinny Jeans and a basic tee for a more casual look.

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3. With a long, flowy maxi dress.

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4. With overalls and an oversized sweater as a perfect transition into fall.

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It’s safe to say that since I’ve made my purchase I’ve 100% changed my opinion on the sandal. They are comfortable, practical and can look very cute in the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. I would highly recommend them to anyone! One thing to keep in mind is they do take a little while to break in so it’s best not to buy them right before you go on vacation. Give yourself a week or two to break them in before you decide to spend an entire day walking around in them in a foreign city 🙂

How do you guys feel about the Birkenstock sandal? I’m always looking for new ways to style mine 🙂

xoxo
-Rena

Pop of Red

I’ve always been a big fan of colour. In interior design, in what I wear, in my food, in everything! I remember when I was twelve years old I found a bedspread I liked at IKEA and my parents were letting me choose the colours I wanted to paint my room (big mistake!). I decided I wanted two walls aqua blue, one wall lime green and one wall a darker aqua. How do you even sleep in a room that bright?! I loved it at the time, but thinking back on it, it definitely wasn’t a wise choice for my bedroom.

In terms of fashion, over the last few years I’ve found it difficult because I had so much colour in my closet, putting outfits together was proving to be a challenge. I started focusing more on basics that I could add colour to easily to make my wardrobe a little more wearable. Things like various washes in jeans (dark, light and everything in between), jean jackets, black jeans, black faux leather jackets, and basic tees (black, white and grey). These pieces make it easier for me to add colour to my outfits without it being overbearing like my room was in 2002.

You may recognize this outfit as it was from my semi-recent day trip to Seattle. I knew it was going to be a beautiful, sunny day so it was the perfect opportunity to break out this red-coral top (similar here) I purchased last summer at Pull & Bear in France. I love the  lace detail and cutwork along the neckline and the way it hangs off the body. It wasn’t quite warm enough to wear it without a jacket so I paired it with my faux leather jacket and my light wash jeans and converse (we did a ton of walking this day!). I like the contrast between the feminine details of the blouse and edginess of the jacket, all while remaining comfortable and fun.

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Me and my gigantic cup of chocolate and vanilla twist frozen yogurt! We finished off the day with this and I couldn’t of been happier 🙂

Do you like to incorporate colour into your wardrobe or do you prefer to focus on neutrals?

xoxo

-Rena

Beach Vibes and Stripes

A few weeks ago myself and my girlfriend took advantage of a beautiful spring sunset at one of the beaches in West Vancouver for a photoshoot. It wasn’t exactly hot out but it was really sunny all day and the perfect Spring evening once the sun went down. We topped off the night by treating ourselves to dinner at Burgoo (one of my favourite comfort food spots in Van for sure!).

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Featured here are my leather leggings (see here) (they’re just that good!) and paired with a top I spotted at the Banana Republic outlet a few weeks ago. This style of top is something I’ve seen a lot of in stores recently and I’m really liking it. It’s a longer style top (almost dress length) but has slits down the sides. I would pair mine with leggings or jeans and love how flowy and fun they are. You could also through a faux leather jacket or jean jacket over top of this. I kept this outfit simple and finished it it off with plain black flats (similar here) and some delicate gold jewelry.

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All smiles for the sunshine and delicious food we were about to eat 🙂

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As per usual, life is keeping me busy. I recently took 2 weeks off to spend some time at home in Newfoundland, but am looking forward to getting back into my routine. New outfits coming soon so stay tuned!

xoxo

-Rena

Stripes and Leather

I remember when I first decided I wanted to get a women’s Ralph Lauren button up blouse. I had borrowed my mom’s blue and white striped shirt one day back in university and once I put it on I knew it was going to be a staple in my closet. It’s one of those shirts that can be casual, work appropriate or even dressy. It’s ideal for a Saturday running errands but pair it with a black pencil skirt and some jewelry and it’s perfect for the office. It’s classic and versatile which is everything I love.

I finally bought my own a few years ago when I was in Hawaii at the Ralph Lauren store. For this look I paired the blouse with my vegan leather leggings (which I first posted about here) and my converse. I was going for a more casual vibe as it was a sunny Saturday and I was out grabbing coffee with a girlfriend.

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It was so sunny that it proved to be difficult to see the blue and white stripes of my blouse through photos. I’ve attached the link for the blouse here for those of you interested in getting a better look 🙂

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As per usual, my life has been pretty hectic the last few weeks. I’m finishing up my third semester (one more to go!) next week and then am heading home to St. John’s, NL for some much needed relaxation. I’m hoping to get a little more creative with my outfit combinations over the next few posts so stay tuned 🙂

Is there any particular style or trend you would like to see? Let me know!

xoxo

-Rena

The Boyfriend Jean

I am only becoming more obsessed with the “boyfriend” trend that has emerged over the last few years. The boyfriend jean, the boyfriend top, the boyfriend jacket. They all offer a certain level of comfort while still remaining stylish and chic. I recently purchased a new denim jacket that was a boyfriend fit from Levi’s and I can already tell it’s going to be one of my wardrobe favourites. These boyfriend jeans I got several years ago from H&M and they are the perfect fit. I like to pair my boyfriend pieces with something a little more girly and feminine to balance out the outfit. I paired these jeans with with a fuchsia peplum strapless top and my leather jacket. I topped it off with a pair of black patent leather pointed toe heels. This look is idyllic for date night or an evening out with friends. It’s also great for when the weather changes and you can start shifting away from heavy coats and sweaters and transition into light leather and denim jackets to pair with your outfit.

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Outfit Deals

Boyfriend Denim from H&M (similar here)

Peplum Strapless Top – originally bought from Century 21 in New York (similar here)

Faux Leather Jacket from Dynamite (similar here and see previous post here)

Black Patent Leather Pointed Heels from Aldo (similar here)

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What is your favourite way to wear your boyfriend pieces? I’m always looking for new ideas to spruce up my outfit combinations!

xoxo

-Rena

Crushing on Camel

After a very lovely and relaxing Christmas break, it feels good to get back into a routine of school and work. While I was home in Newfoundland for the holidays, I got the chance to go out and shoot with a former colleague, Sam Russell. He is a photographer on the side, and takes incredible photos! Check out his online portfolio here. We managed to coordinate shooting during a day when the weather was decent (meaning we weren’t in the middle of a blizzard) and I was really happy with the final looks.

I purchased my camel wool coat years ago from the FCUK Outlet just outside of London (similar here). I remember seeing it and instantly thinking “I need that coat!”. Four years later and I’m equally obsessed with it as I was then. It’s a great shade of camel and has a somewhat subtle trim of faux cream fur. I especially love this coat paired with a pair of leather leggings. I had recently purchased mine from Aritzia (see here) and believe me when I say, they are amazing!

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This outfit also happens to feature another one of my newer additions to my closet; my Kate Spade Sedgwick rain boots (see here). Once I made the move to Vancouver, I knew it was only a matter of time before I needed to invest in a good pair of rain boots and these are just perfect. I love the matte black, mixed with the leopard print on the sides and the gold trip around the foot.

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What are some of your favourite Winter/Spring essentials?

xoxo

-Rena