Red Carpet Ready with JJ’s House

This past weekend was Buffer Festival here in Toronto and though I wasn’t able to attend for the whole weekend, I attended the gala on Sunday night! (read about last year’s experience HERE). The dress code was formal black-tie attire so I turned to JJ’s House to hook me up for the occasion! I ordered a bridesmaid dress from them for a wedding I was in back in March (see HERE), and had SUCH a positive experience with their custom sizing, that revisiting their site was a no-brainer for me.

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the evening’s makeup look.

Ordering is simple enough and pricing is extremely reasonable! For us tall girls the ‘Custom Size’ option is an absolute godsend. Actually I’d say for women in general, this option is amazing. If you’re in between sizes, which so many women are, this feature gives you the option to get every part of the dress tailor made to your proportions, including length! Instructions on where/how to measure are included right on the page so you can’t get it wrong. There IS an additional fee for getting a dress made-to-order like this, BUT IT’S ONLY AN ADDITIONAL $20. I find this insane. You can’t even get something hemmed for that price here in the city lol..

Turn around time for both dresses I’ve gotten so far from them has also been extremely reasonable. I’m pretty sure it came in like 2-3 weeks (I should have kept track, I’m sorry). That being said, I would never recommend leaving dress shopping for an important event until last minute… Regardless, I was SO stoked that I wasn’t waiting months, nor was I breaking the bank, for a custom fit dress.

I definitely turned up the sex appeal and channeled my inner Jessica Rabbit with my dress this time around, and honestly couldn’t be more happy with the outcome! It was absolutely perfect for the event. Maybe next time I won’t just LOOK red carpet ready, I’ll actually be ON the red carpet 😉

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So far my orders from JJ’s have been 2 for 2, so you better bet I’ll find an excuse to order from them again in the future!!

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ps.. I styled my man for the night too! So excited when he’s wiling to put his style in my hands!

Dress: JJ’s House
Jacket: H&M (past season)
Necklace: TopShop (past season)
Shoes: Vince Camuto (past season)
Bag: Model Bag, Model Atelier

 

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Can it be Summer forever?

As the temperatures begin to drop here in Toronto (rather early it seems as we’re only just finishing August), I can’t help but think how lovely it would be to extend my summer somewhere warmer. Fantasizing about tropical vacations has me mentally preparing a packing list, so I’ve put together just a few of my must-haves for a (late) summer getaway. While I ALWAYS over pack, there are only a few things I can’t leave without.

If I’m about to go spend time in the sun, the first thing that’s going in my bag is my Maui Babe Browning Lotion. It’s basically an accelerating tanning lotion that smells and works like a dream. I could rave on and on about it, but the website does that enough. I’m not usually super tanned, but any sort of tan I have is all thanks to this stuff. Of course after my skin is sunkissed, I need to moisturize, so the second thing in my bag is my atma Crystal Infused Whipped Moon Butter. There are SO many cool qualities to this body butter (definitely check it out), but the best part is how rich it makes your skin look. The deep moisturizing qualities give my skin a glow that I haven’t been able to find with any other moisturizer, especially on a bit of a tan! I LIVE by this moon butter.

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Another nifty travel item is my new carryall from local shop This & That Design Co. While they make pouches/bags of multiple different sizes, their smallest carry-all is perfect for ID, passport, and money/cards. Why bring your entire wallet when chances are you probably won’t need that Sephora points card on the beach anyways? 😉

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Last but not least: vacation wardrobe. First up, is swimwear. My current favourite is by a one-piece by local designer for label Hvmility, seen HERE (swimwear is unavailable online but I’m sure you could inquire with an email)! And as much as I like to think I’m packing an outfit a day, it probably usually ends up being more like two per day. That being said, ONE PIECES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND! Whether it be dresses, rompers, or jumpsuits, these items are already a full outfit without the stress of matching tops/bottoms. Throw in a great jacket, and a nude sandal, and you’re ready to take that outfit from day to night in no time!

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There you have it. It might look like I keep things simple, but this overpacker usually has wayyyy more on her packing list. But as long as I get that sunkissed glow and I’ve got outfits that make a statement, everything else is just details. ….now to figure out where I want to go 😉

All clothing from Long Tall Sally: Romper (I’m in a size 6), Jumpsuit (I’m in a size 6), Jacket (I’m in a size 6), Heels (I’m in a US9)
Sunglasses: Hashtag #Sunglasses (use code NewShades4You to get FREE express shipping and 10% off your order)
Necklace: Durumi
Bag: Winners

 

 

Photos by Naomi Peters

 

 

Boots & Tarps 2017

One of my first loves has always been music, and every time I get to enjoy live music I’m always kicking myself for not doing so more often. Growing up listening almost exclusively to country music, I was SO excited to get to go to Boots&Hearts country music festival for the second consecutive time this past weekend (see last year HERE).

There were so many amazing artists this year, but there were two that made my entire weekend, both of which played on Saturday; The Abrams, and JJ Shiplett. I’m by no means a music blogger (lol these days I’m barely even a fashion blogger), BUT, I can not say enough about both of these performances. The Abrams had a killer fiddle that gave me exactly the kind of country music I had been craving the whole weekend, and JJ Shiplett has the kind of voice that melts my soul. His smooth and raspy vocals almost made up for the fact that I missed out on another favourite artist of mine that night at home in Toronto (James Arthur.. basically crying forever for missing out on his show).

As excited as I get for the music, I’m almost just as excited (though much more stressed) when it comes to picking out festival outfit. And just when I thought I’d had it all planned out, the weather forecast and potential for a rainy weekend made me rethink my entire fashion lineup. I decided this year to keep things relatively simple, and played up the country vibes more than I did last year (I even bought myself a cowboy hat on the Thursday night!). Outfit details below with coordinating polaroid ❤

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Day One Top: Festival Junkie bralette, Love and Light the Label from Dollskill .. Pants: crochet lace palazzo, TTYA x Long Tall Sally (2016) .. Sunglasses: Forever 21 .. Sneakers: Ardene

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Day Two
Top: Mindless Indulgence Mesh Set (with matching panty), Kiki Riki from Dollskill (fits small!!)
.. Shorts: second-hand One Teaspoon from Fashionably Yours (I wear them 2 sizes bigger than my normal)
.. Belt: O-Ring belt, from Dollskill
.. Hat: Nicol Hats International, bought at the festival
.. Boots: Diesel rainboots
(not seen: I rocked my clear rain jacket from Long Tall Sally most of the day due to rain — seen HERE)

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Day 3 Top: Side Chick Lace-Up Tee from Dollskill (worn over triangle bikini) .. Shorts: Zara .. Sunglasses: Forever 21 .. Boots: Steve Madden

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Day 4
Bodysuit: swimsuit by hvmility
.. Shorts: vintage Levi cutoffs
.. Boots: Steve Madden
.. Accessories: black handkerchief around neck and Day one sunnies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I’m getting settled at home again today, I’m already going through festival withdrawal. Especially since Long Tall Sally released the PERFECT clothing capsule earlier this summer. I got creative with fellow tall babe Layna Simone and photgrapher Tudor Stanescu, while we lived out our festival vibes for a shoot a few weeks ago here in Toronto! Expect me to look this fabulous at some late summer food festivals because who said festival fashion ends with music?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumpsuit and Romper: Curatd x LTS, Long Tall Sally
Layna’s boots: Long Tall Sally
My boots: Steve Madden
Hat: Asos
Sunglasses: Hashtag #Sunglasses (use code NewShades4You to get FREE express shipping and 10% off your order)
Flash Tattoos: Pure Tatts from Sumwear by TSOQ

 

 

 

High Summer, High Seas

White pants and nautical blue and white stripes = an outfit fit for the open sea! Ultimately, I think it would be best worn on a yacht, but I’ve yet to meet the friend that invites me out onto their charter. I do have tentative plans to go out sailing tomorrow though, so I’m looking forward to putting this outfit to good use!

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This is my first pair of jeans from Tallgirls, and I love the fit, though they do fit VERY slim.. that or my thighs have been growing from all my squats! I got my regular size, and could have probably fit a size up as well, but the stretch in these makes the tight pant still comfortable. The linen style striped top is so breezy and comfortable, especially in the hot sun. I’d wear it as is, or even open as a swimsuit cover, with a cute white bikini underneathe!

And a quick shout out to Hudson’s Bay for their always amazing sales.. I scored my rad metallic Marc Jacobs sneakers a couple months back off the sale rack for the price of a Converse shoe! For all my Canadian friends, keep your eyes on the sales and special events at the Bay! It’s worth it 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top: Tallgirls UK
Jeans: Tallgirls UK
Sneakers: Marc Jacobs, Hudson’s Bay

 

 

Photos by Belinda Smith, Chapter 8 Photography

Summer’s a-Comin’

This past week was the kind of week I’ve needed for a long time. I took a train out of the city to go spend some time with my bestest best, Belinda; my longest and dearest friend. It’s probably been over a year since we’ve had some good quality girl time and what better way to take a break and reset, before summer kicks off.

With not much planned beyond hanging out with her beautiful 2-year-old son and catching up on all our goings on since the last time we saw each other, I was beyond stoked when she agreed to use some of our time together to get creative and shoot some awesome new summer goodies that Tall Girls UK has added to my closet.

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This evening couldn’t have been more perfect. Though summer doesn’t officially begin until later this week, the warm air, dusty fields and low sun gave me all the summer feels, and I know I’ll be wearing his dress over and over and over again all season long. It’s lightweight and relaxed makes it feel like it’s barely there!

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Dress: dropped waist dress, Tall Girls UK
Boots: Steve Madden

 

 

Photos by Belinda Smith – Chapter 8 Photography

Sleepover!

Flashback to February. I attended the most amazing tall women’s brunch hosted here in Toronto by tall blogger Bree of The Tall Society. For any of you who have yet to experience one of these brunches, I highly recommend checking her tour schedule HERE to see when the event will be in a city near you. There’s an unspoken understanding between tall women, and it feels so refreshing and empowering to spend time with those who just seem to get you (and your height!!).

We were sent home with little swag bags after our lovely afternoon with a selection of great discounts and gift cards for some tall friendly retailers, including two pairs (or should I say pears) of adorable socks from Woven Pear. Aside from the super fun prints and designs they offer, the best part about their socks? They fit up to a women’s size 12!! Which for any of you tall girls, you know that can be hard to find sometimes.

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I had so much fun shooting this look with my girl Jazminn, who, at 6’1, is my tall partner in crime here in the city. She was my tall brunch date, and it was obvious that she’d help me out with this week’s look. Spending time with her continually reminds me how valuable it is to have women in your life who only love and support you and who generate nothing but positive energy.

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Socks: Woven Pear (designs: Need Narwhal and Pink Lemonade)
Boxers: Daydream Nation from The Store On Queen
Romper: Daydream Nation from The Store On Queen
Bra: La Senza

 

 

Photos by Amy Buck

I Popped My ASOS Cherry!

There’s one week during spring time that everyone seems to be posting the same photo: something to do with cherry blossoms. Here in Toronto, we’ve got a few hot spots for people to bring their cameras during this brief and magical time of year, but the place to be is in High Park. I had never actually gone but had heard stories of the hoards of people who flock to the park to check out these trees. Honestly, it sounded a bit silly until I got there and saw just how beautiful it really is.

The reason I braved the crowds was because I couldn’t imagine any other setting to shoot an outfit from my first ever ASOS order! I’ve known for quite some time that ASOS has a tall department but it wasn’t until Bree from The Tall Society tipped me off on their outlet sales, that I finally made a purchase. I have to keep myself from browsing their site because I could probably buy something new every time!

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The top and shorts are so soft, I’m actually in love. They aren’t necessarily pieces that I’d need to ‘shop tall’ for, but knowing they were from the tall department, I was confident that the cropped tee wouldn’t be too short, and that the shorts would cover my entire bum. I was not disappointed, and how completely adorable is the set??! The monochrome outfit inspired me to stay in the pink/blush/white family, so I accessorized with pieces from Forever 21, and grabbed my nude fishnets from La Senza!

Top: ASOS Tall, velvet lounge top with ruched sleeve
Shorts: ASOS Tall, velvet lounge shorts with tie
Jacket: my aunt’s high school Volleyball jacket
Accessories: 
Forever 21
Fishnets: La Senza
Shoes: Aldo

 

Photos by Tudor Stanescu

 

Spring Cleaning

It’s still difficult to tell whether or not Spring has actually sprung, what with all these surprise snowfalls we’ve been getting over the last few weeks. I mean come onnnnn Mother Nature, give it a break already!

But with the slowww transition to Spring, comes the need to purge and clean up the home, and in turn the closet. I often find it difficult to let go of old, out of date clothes, especially when they’re garments that fit. Sure I may not have worn them for years, but what if I get rid of them and later have a need for that exact item? Where else will I find something like it that’s going to fit me should I ever need it again?! Is it completely ridiculous to hold on to these pieces for that rare just-in-case scenario?

I have two pairs of pants in particular that I just can’t seem to let go of. I bought them while I was in university (probably nine or ten years ago) at a store called Off The Wall, a store that occasionally carried longer denim lengths. These pants are both somewhat retro looking slacks (one tweed, the other plaid… lol I know… ), and and if I’m being honest, have worn them MAYBE a handful of times. Even so, I can’t justify parting with them, so I decided to style a pair with this cold crossover winter/spring outfit.

Waking up to snow this morning, this sweater is exactly what I want to cuddle up in all day. It’s adorably stylish and would look cute over some lingerie around the house, or thrown over an outfit to run some errands.

Does anyone else hoard clothes like I do?? How do you renew old garments to make them new again?…. Or is it time to just let go?

 

Pants: old tweed slacks by Song (house brand), from Off The Wall (no longer open)
Sweater: KNITZ by For Love and Lemons, from The Store on Queen
Bra: Skivvies by For Love and Lemons, from The Store On Queen
Shirt: The Store On Queen
Clutch:
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Necklace: Forever 21

 

 

Photos by Vanessa Popolii

 

The Tallest Bridesmaid

This last weekend I had the honour of standing up in my girlfriend’s wedding, down in Tampa, Florida. Not only was I excited to visit Florida for the first time, but with the way our Spring has started up in Toronto, I was anxious to escape the cold and soak in some sunshine!

The last few months coming up to her wedding date, she made sure I was up to date with all the details, everything from the table centrepieces down to every one of her accessories. I was a bit worried about being the long distance bridesmaid, but then realized quickly that it would not be a problem. The one thing I WAS nervous about however, was my dress. Knowing that I would be the tallest in the wedding party, I wasn’t sure how easy (or how expensive) it would be to find something suitable.

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Luckily, she was open to the bridesmaids wearing different styles, as long as they were all long and a shade of grey, so I turned to Google to help me find some online dress retailers that would accept custom sizing. After reading review upon review for many different sites, I settled on JJ’s House, and was so wonderfully pleased! I loved that I was able to shop by style, price range, colour, etc., AND most dresses seem to be marked down in price. I obviously needed extra length added and they did not disappoint (I actually ended up getting my dress hemmed a little bit as I had planned on wearing flats… when does a tall girl ever have to get anything hemmed?!!). To top it off, the turnaround time was true to their estimate, and I was not left waiting week’s on end for my dress to come from overseas. Overall, 10/10 would recommend, ESPECIALLY for my tall babes!

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In terms of accessories, she asked us to each wear nude shoes and if we were wearing jewelry, to keep it to rose gold. I found my shoes (and was lucky enough to get them on sale!!) from Hudson’s Bay. I thought that most flats looked too harsh against the whimsical style of my dress, but these flats by Joie couldn’t have been more perfect. I completed the look with a gorgeous rose gold layered necklace from Free People, and a black and rose gold ring set from Aldo Accessories.

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Dress: Style #90176, JJ’s House
Shoes: Bandele Satin Ballet Flats by Joie, Hudson’s Bay
Necklace: Secret Gardens Metallic Bolo, Free People
Rings: Niacia, Aldo Accessories

 

Overall, it was a beautiful week full of sunshine and overflowing with love. The wedding was hosted at such a beautiful location and every single person involved was absolutely wonderful. I made sure to do my best to capture some details and get some names so I could share it and pass it on in case any of you are from the Odessa/Tampa/Florida area and might need for yourself in the future. I’ve yet to be a bride myself, so I’m always taking my own mental notes. One dayy 😉

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Peter, from Spunky Spirits, graciously kept my wine glass filled all night 😉

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pre-reception munchies

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Venue: The Barn at Crescent Lake
Alcohol: Spunky Spirits
Photographers: Chris Dijak and Nick Redburn, 1218 Studios

Toronto Women’s Fashion Week

In most of the world’s biggest and most fashion forward cities, fashion week comes around twice a year. That was the case here in Toronto as well, up until last summer when organizers announced it’s cancellation due to lack of local support. You can imagine my excitement when I found out that the founders of Toronto Men’s Fashion week were going to introduce a separate Women’s Fashion Week as well!

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Photo by Chris Cheung

Having walked runway many times before, including a few seasons for Zoran Dobric years ago for Toronto Fashion week, I’m no stranger to the event or the atmosphere, but attending on the media side of things was a completely different experience. Despite the dropping temperatures, I managed to make it to 5 shows between Saturday and Sunday for the first ever TW FW, and enjoyed every single one of them! Over the course of those two days I learned that I really want a kickass pant suit, the bigger the fringe, the better, and that I also need a great statement hat this season.

There wasn’t one show I attended that I didn’t enjoy. Evan Bidell, Roch, Stephan Caras, Hendrixroe and Mikael D. They were all incredible, though I did definitely have some favourites.

I knew I’d love Evan Biddell as I’d seen some of his work shown previously when I walked for FAT. He took on a challenge from Value Village, and repurposed 81lbs of second hand garments into a show that had cool vintage, rock and roll vibes.

The standout show to me was Hendrixroe. After seeing some of the photos from her men’s show earlier in the week I was excited and knew I’d enjoy it, but it ended up surpassing my expectations. I couldn’t get enough of the fringed moto jackets, and definitely want to get my hands on one of my own! Specifically one with the “Property of No One” patches on the back. The rock and roll vibes tend to win me over and this show did the same. This is the kind of line I’d wear. Every single item. And Hendrixroe is definitely a new favourite of mine.

I’ve included a few other favourite looks of mine from the two nights I attended. I’m beyond excited for next season! Now that I’ve broken the ice on this side of the spectrum, I’m ready and waiting for more.

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Stephan Caras: 

Mikael D:

 

 

All runway photos by Shane Gray