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Vegan Noize Winter Coat

February 9, 2018

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This is my favourite 2018 winter coat – and it’s on SALE!

This is not a drill.  I wrote this entire non-sponsored post gushing about how much I love this darn outerwear and just discovered that it is extremely discounted right now!!!!  Run, don’t walk, to get this Noize Vegan Winter Coat!  It’s the Jemma Coat with Fooler and comes in 4 delightful colours.  There’s lots of other women’s styles to choose from as well and they’re all on sale and oh, happy day!

In the midst of winter, my puffer coats are realistically the ones I have to wear all day, every day.  Especially having a cute little dog to walk, I just can’t risk being impractically dressed for the elements.  And it’s not exactly easy finding trendy, figure flattering puffer coats that are cruelty free AND a reasonable price point.  That was, until, I was introduced to Noize!

If you don’t know them, Noize is based out of Montreal, Canada.  I got one of their basic black coats last year and fell in love.  Their Canadian designed coats are made with faux fur, vegan leather detail, and cruelty-free insulation.  All of which, do not compromise the quality of their products!  Both of my Noize jackets keep me very warm, even in the most frigid temperatures, and the fabrics are so water resistant that I’d say they borderline on waterproof!  The weight of them is substantial and probably what keeps you warm.  They’re not heavy when you have them on though, it feels more like I’m wrapped in a perfectly tailored vegan duvet and it’s just divine!  Thanks to thoughtful design, both of my Noize jackets also looks great done up or left open, and the Jemma Coat has an inside zip closure with rib knit collar for a semi open look.  The hoods are large and provide lots of shelter from rain or snow (and I find they sit perfectly when you have a toque/beanie on as well). Oh, and they’re also machine washable!

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Life Style

5 Things About Me

February 2, 2018

Let’s get better acquainted!

That 5 things about me tag has been going around Instagram Stories and I thought it’d be fun to do an extended version here on the blog today!  I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone else’s fun facts and getting to know them a bit better.  So, here are a few things that you might not know about me!

I Grew Up At The Dance Studio

Heck yes, I spent my awkward phase in tight spandex!  When I wasn’t at school, I was at the dance studio.  Ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, I can do it all.  Just not hip hop, I was too technical for hip hop.  I went on to teach from high school up until just a couple of years ago.  Being a dancer is such a large part of my identity, it wasn’t an easy decision to step away.  You should check out this post I wrote about the emotion of my last day at the dance school if you relate!

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Plaid Scarf and OTK Boots

January 25, 2018

Simplicity is necessary these days.

Yesterday I was all embrace winter! It’s the BEST!  While I galloped around the living room throwing fake snow confetti (okay, that didn’t actually happen but only because that would be a bitch to clean up afterward).   Today, is a bit of a different story.  First of all, it’s freaking cold again (by West Coast standards) and I’ve been in pj’s all day long and pretty much haven’t looked away from my computer screen.  Probably done legit damage to my eyes in the last 12 hours.  It’s amazing how quickly things change.  Good ol’ winter.  I’m setting myself up for success tomorrow though, already signed up for a yoga class in the morning and made afternoon plans so I’m not cooped up for another day!

In terms of this look, I have to say that I just adore those pieces that make something like a basic winter coat and boots a bit punchier.  This plaid scarf was an impulse Zara purchase last winter and when I took it to Europe with me in November it was such a standout layering piece.  I also go nuts for over the knee boots, especially in a cognac colour like this.  One of my favourite discoveries to date was that American shoe stores often carry wide calf versions of boots.  All the pieces from this classic combo are older, but I’ve linked to similar styles below!

I better go now, I have some finishing touches on tomorrow’s blog post (it’s a goodie, you won’t want to miss it), as well as two more episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to watch.  Amy Sherman Palladino always takes priority.  Hope you guys all had a wonderful day!  If you got out of your pyjamas, then your day was far more successful than mine 😉

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The Winter Uniform

January 17, 2018

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Comfort is the key to winter, my friends.

I work from home a lot, especially justified at this time of year, so it’s a miracle if I’m not in loungewear.  Legit wore my pj’s to a movie last week but in fairness a) they were fresh out of the wash b) my pyjamas are leggings and a men’s crewneck sweatshirt, so it’s not THAT noticeable c) no one could tell anyway because my outfit was hidden under a giant puffy coat.  What I’m getting at, is that if I can find an outfit that is comfortable and somehow salvages my standard leggings and oversized top into anything even remotely chic, then I must tell you about it.

Admittedly, I’ve worn this exact combo several times in the past few weeks because it is my new winter uniform.  I love how this Vancouver designed and made Emma Knudsen wool jacket is in a warm, bright cream colour because it automatically cheers up the all-black ensembles I rock in the wintertime (it’s also on SALE right now at 40% off, so I’d scoop one of these up before they’re all gone).  Plus, I saw Shay Merritt from Jillian Harris’s team rocking it, so you KNOW it’s good.   I definitely want to recreate Shay’s look soon because pretty sure I own almost everything she’s paired with the jacket.  I love when that happens!  Emma just restocked this beautiful piece and in terms of fit, I’m wearing a size Large and like the oversized fit, but could have easily done a Medium comfortably.

I pair mine with, as I mentioned, all black, including these faux leather leggings.  They’re one of my favourite winter capsule wardrobe pieces, as they’re actually fleece lined and equal parts function and fashion.  The waistband is high enough that they don’t roll down my waist every time I move and the coated fabric has been surprisingly durable.  I am so happy with them that I’m already thinking I should snag another pair before the season’s over.  They also have fleece lined athletic leggings (on SALE!) here, here, and here.  Ooh, and as I’m browsing I see that they also have maternity fleece lined leggings, if that’s your current (or future) need.  Someone take my computer away before I’m buying maternity leggings just in case I ever decide to get pregnant LOL.  I got the (non-maternity) faux leather leggings in my usual size Large and they fit really, really well.

Ultimately, everything feels a bit fancier with a touch of sparkle, which is why I love wearing my this cutie Rebecca Minkoff Mini Bag.  It’s neutral but punchy and I found it on sale last month, such a score.  It seems that Shopbop is currently sold out, but I’ll keep an eye out for you!

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