While it may be the calm after a storm, the shopping frenzy isn’t over with it being Cyber Monday today! What’s in your shopping bag this morning?
I don’t know about you, but layering becomes my best friend when it comes to tackling the biting winter weather. There is no better thing than having the option of peeling off pieces when it gets too warm while commuting via public transit.
Since sharing my top 10 coveted coats a few of weeks ago, I’ve bought three two coats (returned one after realizing three was a little excessive). I can’t wait to share them on the blog soon!
Before my little coat splurge, I’ve been wearing this vintage camel coat on repeat. Aside from my love of its oversized style, this lightweight coat makes for the perfect outerwear to layer over a knit cardigan (for that extra lining of warmth) without looking too bulky overall. Cumbersome down jackets are just impractical when one is hopping from one train to the next. Top it off with a blanket scarf and I’m ready to take on Mother Nature’s harshest winds in style.
Add a statement piece in fall’s favourite hues (oxblood or burgundy are great colours!) to a relatively neutral palette like my outfit for the perfect pop of colour!
It’s been a little over a year since my road trip to Montreal with my best friend. Feeling a bit nostalgic for those days when I only need to play hooky get assignments done early just so I can enjoy a foodie weekend with the bestie.
After a lovely (and picturesque!) Saturday morning spent at Pikolo Espresso Bar and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the Impressionist exhibition, we headed over to Restaurant l’Express to indulge on some delicious French cuisine.
As our maitre d’ led us through the buzzy restaurant to our seats, I was struck by the aesthetics of the interior design. While black and white tiles filled the floor, vintage black and white photographs of the restaurant and staff occupied the red walls. With the restaurant bustling with with locals and carrying the same je ne sais quoi aura as the brasseries in Paris, I was instantly reminded of my first trip to Europe a few years back.
Knowing we still had a couple of food hot spots to hit up in the afternoon, we agreed on eating a relatively light meal. While my friend ordered the delectable roasted quail leg with wild rice, I opted for a sautéed duck confit salad. Now, I usually don’t order salads when I eat out because I think I make a pretty darn good one at home. However, when my eyes met with the words duck confit on the menu, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. And boy, was I glad I ordered it. The flavours of the duck combined with the sautéed French peas paired deliciously with the raw spinach and radish. With the juice from the meat seeping right into the greens, the salad made for the perfect lunch.
After such a satisfying meal, I decided right then and there that this was not the last time I’ll be visiting Restaurant l’Express. With fresh sea bass, shrimp risotto and the intriguing bone marrow we saw another table order still left on the menu, there is still much delicious dishes yet for me to sample. For families who are looking for a place to catch up on the weekend to couples who want to get a taste of Paris without paying for a plane ticket, I would recommend this French bistro to anyone.
Is it just me or have coats always looked so beautiful?
If you’ve had a conversation with me in the past month, you would know exactly how obsessed I am about coats. Actually, obsessed might not even be strong enough of a word to describe this infatuation.
My eyes have never been so drawn to this fall/winter essential in the past. However, with my days on a Canada Goose-filled campus behind me, I have officially entered into this world where I no longer need to be bundled up in a heavy-duty down coat. With street style stars of London Fashion Week as my inspiration and colourful coats taking over decorated shop windows, e-commerce sites and editorial spreads, the options are endless.
While some may argue I have more than enough coats to last me this season (but then again, I was the girl who lived to tell the tale of that year when I tackled the harsh winter with a rain jacket and two sweaters alone), it doesn’t stop them from calling out to me as I walk past store after store. From coats that are more or less within my unpaid internship budget to my holy grail, I’m counting down my top 10 picks of the season (and reasons why!), one coat at a time.
This past weekend I couldn’t ask for a better way to start the month. Not only did my shutterbug/sister come back for the weekend, my best friends and I reunited (finally!) over early morning dim sum. What could possibly be better than never-ending Chinese food in a restaurant filled with chatter for us relatively loud girls? Nothing.
While it may have been quite the dreary bi-polar weekend, it didn’t stop me from getting dressed up (any excuse to get dressed-up, am I right?). I originally wore a pair of black heels because the juxtaposition of oversized jeans and feminine dainty heels makes for one of my favourite looks. But with the rain and running errands in the afternoon, I decided to switch to a pair of practical black leather booties.
Borrowing this look from the men’s closet, I paired a schoolboy blazer with my favourite pair of boyfriend jeans that I practically live in when it comes to the weekend. Nothing beats a pair of roomy distressed jeans on a chilly damp morning.
Currently in love with my newly gifted Celfie tee that I’ve had my eyes on since I saw it on Sincerely, Jules. I already have my eyes on a couple other logo tees (here and here).
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Conde Nast (the mega publishing house of Vogue, Lucky, GQ, WWD just to name a few) has recently announced the discontinuation of its million-girls-to-die-for internship program starting in 2014. Cue the awws.
Ever since WWD reported the news, many online websites like Fashionista and Refinery 29 have expressed their views on the situation with number of comments exploding online sharing both positive and negative views on the great-unpaid internship debate. While some may release a sigh of relief, it does beg the question, “How does one find one’s way into the industry now?” I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
So what side am I on? As a fellow unpaid intern myself, I am not sure if I can “speak as a completely third party objective with absolutely no personal interest in the matter” (She’s The Mananyone?). But when a friend linked me to a recent piece on Man Repeller where the contributor posted quite the intriguing view on this whole debate, I felt compelled to also voice my opinion. I do want to point out that I’m still “paying my dues” as an intern, so I’m still currently learning and striving to achieve my dream career. So to contribute to this conversation, I’m only sharing my thoughts and feelings on what I’ve learned as an intern, which I think can apply to any type of internship.