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The One Bag I Can’t Live Without

June 12, 2017

backpack purse, casual summer outfit, alicia fashionista, curvy summer style, canadian fashion bloggerA few years ago, after many RMT/physio/chiro appointments, I realized that carrying around giant tote bags with half of my belongings wasn’t doing my back any favours.  My neck and right shoulder was chronically sore.  My entire alignment was leaning a bit to the side, which was throwing everything off.  Looking for extreme change, I kind of stopped carrying a purse.  I retired all bags and would just stuff my wallet, phone, and keys into my pockets.  Not the most flattering, but my ailments absolutely improved and it was freeing to not have so much clutter on me at all times.

This, of course, isn’t a great long term solution, as there are plenty of outings that require more than just 3 items on hand.  The answer finally came to me in the form of a backpack.  And I’m telling you, ever since the backpack purse came into my life, I am a changed woman.  Houses a reasonable amount of things (even my DSLR camera when needed) and wearing one kind of makes me feel like a kid again, which I don’t totally hate.  I can’t stop wearing it!

If you’re into this one, I got it in an adorable media kit from Garnier (thanks, guys).  It’s from Call It Spring and is currently on sale for $24!  Can’t go wrong, I’m telling ya!


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The Summer Uniform

June 8, 2017

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My version of “florals for spring, how groundbreaking” is blue and white for summer.  This was my absolute go-to combination last year and I can already tell it’s a favourite this season because I keep filling up online shopping carts with blue and white blouses.  It’s honestly a problem.  I glanced at Adam’s closet this morning and noticed that he has an abundance of blue shirts as well – are we already at that point in our relationship that we’re dressing alike?  Is this was 10 years together does to you?

Looking at what else to invest in this summer, I think a straw or similar looking neutral bag is key.  They just go with absolutely everything, I adore this trend so much.  I also still love the ease of a nude flat sandal that again, pairs well with most.  I have worn this pair from last year into the ground, they are literally almost in two and keep making me trip while walking.  I should really replace them.  Like, now.


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My Top 5 Spring Denim Trends

June 2, 2017

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I’m sure this will come as no surprise to you, but I basically live in denim.   The fact that I’m in the Pacific Northwest and work from home or a shared office, means that the comfort of denim is kind of my jam.  And have you noticed how many fun spring denim trends popped up this season?  I find it so exciting and the perfect excuse to discover new silhouettes!  I had a blast visiting Mavi in Yaletown and shopping the latest for spring/summer.  They are my go-to for denim and have been for many years.  I just find their fits work well on me and that they consistently carry the classics, but are also stocked with the hottest new looks.  I very much appreciate that they keep their quality with the trendier denim too, always making them as flattering as possible.  My kinda people!

There’s so many new (or re-surfacing) denim trends at the moment, that I’ve rounded up my favourites below, as well as some inspiration to achieve the look.  All of the denim I’m sporting is from Mavi, and luckily they just launched an online store, so it’s even easier to shop!  I’ll try to outline as much about each pair below that I can, but if you have any questions about a particular style, let me know!


This is definitely the boldest trend in denim this spring, but I just love it.  There’s such a variety of embroidery styles and placement out there and I just think it’s so darling.  When there’s embroidery on jeans, it often requires there to be little to no give in the denim, so I opted for the look in a jacket instead.  Stretch in my jeans is kind of a must!

Wearing: Mavi Rose Back Embroidery Gold Denim Jacket 

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Breezy Gingham Dress

May 30, 2017

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Last summer, I complimented my friend’s jacket and she explained that it was from Zara but online, because there was better selection/size range and you could bring it back at the stores if it didn’t work.  The pain of returns by mail are my biggest deterrent from making online purchases (which saying it out loud, is probably a helpful thing for my finances), so this was a game changer.  Ever since, I’ve been intermittently browsing their selections, but had still somehow never actually purchased.

Recently, there was a pair of trousers and some tassel earrings that caught my eye (similar to these) but they were both sold out, so I made the mistake of signing up for an email notification if either one was restocked.  A few days later, the earrings appeared in my inbox, back in stock, and with a compelling call to action.  They were swiftly added to my cart, but I couldn’t stop there. I can never seem to purchase one single item. I’m from a retail background, it’s all about multis!  This gingham ruffle dress was also added to the cart because I knew this breezy frock would be a spring favourite.  I sure was right!

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