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Brands you need in your summer wardrobe

In Canada there’s no such thing as spring. We have snow in April, relentless wind, and endless, near freezing temperatures until we hit near the end of April and the beginning of May. We seem to be a month behind in terms of experiencing spring, but it’s almost as if we cancel it out entirely.

Shopping for a spring/summer wardrobe requires a lot more thought in Canada than our neighbours in the US. Do we really need certain items when the temperature goes from 0 to thirty degrees within the span of a month? Things get complicated all too quickly.

Having a transition wardrobe with a few staples that can mix in easily with both summer and winter clothing is essential, and Rue Stiic knows what’s up in their latest collection, “Golden State”. It mixes mini with midi dresses and jumpsuits. Overalls and loose pants. There’s a little something for every temperature, and the light, linen-like fabric is great for any weather condition. Especially when it gets hot. That’s when you can keep your long pants on the warmest days.

I styled a few of my favourite pieces from the collection just in time for the weather to warm up in Montreal (a few weeks after the launch, but better late than never!).

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These overalls are more on the warmer side, but they’re loose and super comfortable. Pair them with a lighter, more minimal top (bralette?) on a warm day.

They’re not sold out either! Most of the collection is selling super fast; shop these here.

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This wrap skirt is one of my favourite pieces ever. I feel like I’m back in Italy! Unfortunately, it is sold out, but the collection contains multiple pieces with the same print: this dress is still available on Free People, and this top and dress are almost sold out!

Something about Rue Stiic has people racing to get their pieces. Check out the full collection here.

Photography: Katie Cung

Styling: Sasha Mei

This post was made possible courtesy of Rue Stiic.

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Le Chateau April picks and a side of brunch

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It’s April and I’ve got a leg out. I can finally wear something other than boots. Hopefully. Montreal seems to be in some prolonged winter.

I find my picks this month a little bit funny because I used to be completely against kitten heels. They felt stupid and I couldn’t walk in them because they felt almost like a flat shoe. I also had the most awkward perception of myself and couldn’t seem to work them.

Fast-forward about five years, and Dior’s “J’aDior” pumps have broken the Internet and many people’s wallets. In my wildest dreams I’d buy a little black pair, but that just may have to wait.

This red pair from Le Chateau’s Luxe will absolutely do. If you’ve followed my Le Chateau picks all year you’ll notice that for the past few months I’ve fallen for the Luxe collection and I’ll keep saying it every time. I get multiple people asking me where I got these shoes and they’ll be in complete disbelief when I say Le Chateau (and even greater disbelief when I tell them the price tag, which is amazing for the great quality of the shoe!)

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Never felt more like a lady. But a fierce lady. That’s why I got these in red. There’s no point in submitting to generic nude shades.

Shop these babies here (non-suede version here)

On another note, I wore these shoes to a brunch for iDeal of Sweden last week (they were received very well). The event was at Maggie Oakes restaurant in the Hotel William Gary. It was a bit dark for pictures, and I wish they brought more food (when you’re an influencer that actually eats…), but what they did bring was delicious.

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For 20% off your iDeal of Sweden purchase, use the code ‘SASHA20’ at checkout!

Get Summer-Ready Hair at Local B

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to head back to Local B for a summer touch up. For those of you that follow my Instagram you’ll know that back in late February/early March, I dyed my hair for the first time and became absolutely hooked. I’m not about completely changing my hair colour; I’ll always be a brunette overall. However, winter seems to be never-ending here in Montreal (it’s snowing 4-5 times next week. I’m sorry.), and I’m looking to mix things up a bit. I’m bored. My look is bored.

So here we go.

This is what my hair looked like before. You can see the mocha ‘foilyage’ from my last visit (a specific type of hair dying technique that results in a super natural balayage). I love it and the way Véro dyed it without making my hair feel dry or damaged. However, I was feeling ready to update my look. I was joined by a group of other hair models at Local B in Montreal’s Outremont for a day of hair styling, dyeing, cutting with a super talented team of Montreal’s finest hairdressers.

 

Meet Vanee. This wonderful woman made her comeback yesterday after having a baby (and looking fabulous) to dye my hair a little more. There is no stylist at Local B that isn’t amazing, but I loved the way Vanee ended up dying my hair and putting in more highlights!

I went for a slightly lighter version of what I already had. Vanee used a balayage technique (we bonded over the 5012938 different names that change every year for “balayage”) by bleaching sections of my hair mixed with a Smartbond treatment by L’Oréal, followed with a toner. I would 100% recommend using Smartbond for any sort of intense hair-dyeing you may do! It protects your hair from the harmful effects of bleach, and the effect is seen mostly in the retention of your original, softer hair texture. I would hate to have dried out hair after I dye it.

This was the final result! A little lighter, and a little brighter. What’s interesting about toner treatments is that it lightens more when you wash your hair. So while the difference my not look drastic, with subsequent hair washes the difference will be more noticeable. I’ll  definitely be posting updates in my Instagram stories!

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Vanee also styled my hair in different ways throughout the day, and my favourite was this messy ponytail look (see RAW image above). the scrunchy she used reminded me of prints from Céline, updating a middle school girl look to something utterly French and sophisticated.

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These are the products we used in my hair for the ponytail:

  1. Shine Bright Taming Serum (before blow drying)
  2. Fullfyl (For texture and volume)
  3. Highlight Stylist (spray liberally for beach waves

All products are Pureology by L’Oréal.

Local B also stocks Amuse Society, so we styled their latest pieces with some other favourite items from Les Basics, a Bali/Montreal label.

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Shaggy jacket from Les Basics

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Look from Amuse Society

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Look from Amuse Society

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With @katiecung and @odessabeatty

And that’s it! I’m loving my new summer-ready hair. So honoured to have been a part of this amazing day. If you’re looking for a summer update, look no further than the experts at Local B. They’re offering 25% OFF contouring (a lighter version of balayage) until the end of April when you book with the code SPRINGCONTOURING. Click here for details.

 

Last day to shop REVOLVE’s Friends and Family Sale!

I’ve written a little about REVOLVE before, and how it is steadily making its way into the Canadian market. While discouraging for recent enthusiasm surrounding the movement to shop local, REVOLVE is bringing some our favourite west coast vibes to a place that really needs the optimism and brightness associated with 24/7/365 Californian sunshine (drought not included).

They’re giving 20% off your purchase when you email this link to invite your friends to the sale.

I’m personally loving this LPA bustier for Spring. It’s got a Chanel vibe, reminiscent of their SS18 show set under a waterfall. I styled it with straight legged jeans (my faves are from GRLFRND Denim (also available at REVOLVE) and a leather jacket or blazer. based off of prior styling, I’d say go for a blazer or something sleek. The tweed fabric is accentuated more by a sleek topper than something like a moto jacket, which has zippers and ornaments that distract from the pattern of the bustier. I’m loving this blazer (almost sold out!) from Alice + Olivia, and this Smythe jacket is similar to the one I’m wearing in my outfits.

 

 

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Speaking of GRLFRND Denim, I’m loving this pair that I first got to style while I was on a trip to NYC. It’s since become a staple in my closet and I’m absolutely obsessed with it.

I love styling it with a baggy sweater, boot heels, and a good belt. You can’t go wrong with a uniform like that

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One thing I recommend about ordering these jeans is that you get them really true to size. I always get worried about ordering jeans online, and I end up ordering a size that ends up a little bigger than I would like. I would normally order a size 25, but I ordered a 26. GRLFRND jeans are meant to fit super tight at first, and they really stretch out within a few minutes of wearing them. I do need a belt to fit these, and love the baggy look, but if you see them on their sale page they do fit like a slim, straight jean. If there were ever an instance to trust your tape measure, this is it.

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All Canadian orders: don’t forget to shop the Friends + Family sale before it’s too late!!

 

Le Chateau March picks

It hasn’t quite been heels weather in Montreal, but that hasn’t stopped me from giving these cerulean slingbacks from Le Chateau a try. It was love at first sight, and I can’t get over the colour of them! They exude all things optimistic and spring, and brighten up any look. I like to style them with a pair of jeans and nice top with a leather blazer (seen in pics). Maybe CEO off-duty is the new trend? Either way, these pointy-toed pumps scream power and sophistication. In my humble opinion.

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I should also state that if you’re not into the whole cerulean thing (and you obviously haven’t watched The Devil Wears Prada), then maybe hot pink is more up your alley. The shoes are available in three different colours for every type of shoe lover: hot pink, cerulean, and taupe (for the tonal-obsessed out there). If you want my opinion, I suggest going bold.

Shop the shoes here! Shoes fit true to size, and I’m 5’5″ wearing a size 38.

Le Chateau LUXE

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Where have I been this past month? I’ve been freezing, hibernating, studying…denying the cold weather…

Now that we’re at the end of February we can start thinking about (hoping about?) Spring! I feel like I’ve worn the same pair of industrial winter boots for months now, and there’s nothing I like better than being able to switch it up to something with a little heel, without worrying about slipping. The noise heels make on the gravel (is it gravel, Montreal?) are a different story though. You can hear me walking from a mile away.

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Speaking of new shoes, my favourite affordable shoe brand has gone LUXE with an Italian-made collection of booties and heels, and I am in LOVE. Le Chateau is keeping up with the latest pointy toe trend, and it feels very Parisian. In Paris they can wear heels around now, so why can’t we?

Style these scrappy heels casually with a pair of jeans, or dress them up for a night out in a skirt and sweater. If it’s cold, pair it with a long coat. Easy.

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Bootie obsession: Le Chateau January picks

Shoes are hard in the winter, especially in Montreal. We jump at the rare chance to wear something other than industrial winter boots that just manage to keep our feet dry from the foot of snow on the ground. And we can’t forget the gravel. Salt? Rocks? The city scatters some mysterious, dark substance on the ground (presumably to preserve the paws of our pooches) that fails to serve the duty that salt sometimes manages in melting the often deceiving ice on the sidewalks that nobody shovels.

That was a mouthful.

Shoes are apparently political. Wearing nice ones don’t have to be.

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These lace up booties from Le Chateau would have once been dangerously reminiscent of an extravagant, logo-bearing era of fashion. Coincidentally, that sort of style has reemerged, thus granting this era a positive, if not nostalgic connotation. I’ve styled them differently from any Juicy Couture tracksuit lover with a simple pair of straight legged jeans layered with a slip dress and a leather jacket. I’m blending decades together. It’s a thing. I can’t be considered vintage yet.

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This minimal white bag is also from Le Chateau, and it’s a fantastic piece (in addition to these boots) for transitioning from day to night looks. It looks great on a cafe table with lots of natural lighting, but looks even greater paired with a little black dress. The same goes for the lace-up boots.

Shop the boots here (now on sale!), and the bag here.

Josie by Natori: Up Your PJ Game

This season I’ve fallen in love with the cutest and super comfy intimates from Josie by Natori. Natori is a luxury designer brand, and their Josie line brings the same designer quality and comfort at a more accessible price point.

I love the lace detail on this bralette; the actual fabric lining is smaller and accentuates the gorgeous lace design that surrounds it. It’s extremely comfortable and not itchy at all (that’s usually the issue with lingerie, and quality = comfort without sacrificing looks).
My favourite part about this piece is that it makes for a really great going out top! I paired it with loose pants, boot heels, and a cropped jacket.

It also styles well with a pair of jeans and a smokey eye. 

What I’m trying to say is that lingerie is a broad category. Don’t confine it! Sometimes the pretty details deserve to be seen. Check out the Josie Bardot Satin Cami Bralette and the Josie Femme Shorts in my outfit, and discover the entire Josie by Natori collection here.

You can check out more here and take a 10% off with this Natori coupon code.

NA-KD Fashion Haul Part II

A while back I was asked to style a few new pieces from NA-KD’s upcoming collections. While you may have seen these pictures on Instagram, I never provided the links to shop these looks simply because they hadn’t been launched yet.

Like I said in my previous post featuring NA-KD Fashion, they’re having a sale that just never seems to end. Hopefully, it will continue forever. Discounts for all. Wouldn’t that be something?

I’ve spoken enough, and you’re probably begging me to stop. You came for shopping links and you found several paragraphs of rambling. So, without further ado:

  1. NA-KD x Hannalicious

Hanna Friberg is a Swedish fashion blogger. While I cannot understand her blog posts (one of the many setbacks of monolingualism, I’m afraid), I understand that I like her clothing. I may never acquire her golden blond tresses (and I shouldn’t), but I can acquire her style through the design collaborations she creates with NA-KD.

This dress fits somewhere in the office party sophistication category, but the satin suggests something a little more. I’ll leave that up to you, but you can shop this dress here.

There’s a lot of drama in these photos, but I can assure you that this top and bottoms is drama free. In fact, it feels like you’re wearing refined pyjamas. Make your New Year’s resolution a movement against sweatpants, and try these two pieces out instead. Shop the top and the bottoms. It’s available in a bunch of colours, if you think red drains you.

 

2) NA-KD’s own label

Fun Fact: Sequins can be casual. At least, I think this is the most casual they will ever get, in hoodie form. If you’re wondering about whether it’s itchy, it’s not. There’s a reallllllly soft lining on the inside that prevents all the sequins from attacking you with scratches. If that’s not enough to convince you, consider yourself as a walking disco ball and just how amazing that would be. You’re welcome. Shop it here. P.S. It’s on sale. And there’s matching pants.

#REVOLVEME Part II

 

I posted a preview of these pants on Instagram yesterday, and it came with positive reviews! These floral jacquard pants from LPA are my latest obsession from REVOLVE, and it’s not hard to see why! I got stopped by people while shooting this today, asking me where I got them (the sweetest, most well-dressed old lady in a fur coat and Chanel earrings was trying to understand when I talked about the concept of online shopping from REVOLVE).

So my last post with the h:ours top featured a longgggg rant about online shopping in Canada and how REVOLVE is now supporting their Canadian audience by making the process a bit less frustrating; I’m hoping this means that we can skip all of that, and move right on to the important stuff.

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So, these pants.

They’re quite the statement.

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The silhouette is almost universally flattering: they’re high-waisted, with a wide, flared leg. Plus, they require heels, making you look extra tall. They style easily with everything, but I find that they look best on me with a tight fitting top. BALANCE.

More importantly, if you can’t get enough of this jacquard print, there’s also a matching blazer, dress, and strapless top.

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These pants transform from a day to night look instantly, just like the h:ours top from my previous post! Note: they even go extremely well together.

If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it.

Shop the pants here. You’re welcome.

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