Back 2 (s)COOL!

It’s been a ‘couple’ of years since I’ve had to do any sort of back to school shopping but there’s something about the last week before September that always makes me feel like shopping for new things.

While I might not be going back to school, I put together this outfit as something that I would totally wear if I were. Actually let’s be real, I’m a kid at heart, and I wear this look even though I’m way past the student chapter of my life… at least for now.

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Sometimes an outfit calls for a plain white tee, and though it’s not entirely plain, this incredibly rad Leather Box Tee does the trick. It’s a plain white tee with an edge, exactly my style. I paired it with my Joni’s from Top Shop, and my [not so] clean white leather converse to keep with the black and white theme.

And what’s back to school without a fresh new backpack? When I was younger, I’d be so excited because every other year I’d get a new backpack, so getting this new bag from Sprayground a little while ago gave me that fresh new bag feel all over again, but with some badass street vibes. I might not be a student, but a backpack when you’re running around the city all the time is crucial. And wearing it makes everyone THINK I’m a student (thank youuuuu student discounts lol). #idressmyage

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Tee: Leather Box Tee, Hip and Bone
Pants: Joni skinnies, Top Shop
(more about my love of Top Shop’s Tall department, HERE)
Backpack: Sprayground (I warn you, they have the coolest backpacks)
Hat: Lords of Gastown
Sneakers: Converse

Photos by Justin Robinson

 

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Country Roots

When I told some friends that I was planning on going to Boots and Hearts this year, they all seemed a bit surprised. Apparently I don’t come across as a country music fan lol… Little do most people know though, I grew up almost exclusively listening to country music and I’m not embarrassed to say that I was probably the most excited I’ve been in a long time for this festival than I’ve been for any other event.

I had never camped out for a festival before, but luckily, my sister (who I met with my sister at the campgrounds on day 1) went full housewife mode and prepacked all sorts of meals, snacks, and the rest of the camping necessities, including a tent, a leaky air mattress, and a small bbq to make hot meals! All I had to do was show up!

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My sister (ps, she’s just under 6′)

I decided to use the Sharethebus service to get to the campgrounds. Sharethebus is a shuttle service that is used at many big festivals to get to and from the festival. Luckily for me, I was able to get on downtown Toronto and got let off right at the Burl’s Creek campground entrance. Another rad feature of this service? If someone uses your promo code, you get a discount off your ride!

The lineup for the weekend consisted of 36 different acts. Some names I knew, many I did not. Keep in mind, I grew up on 90s country, so a lot of today’s newer artists, I’m very unfamiliar with. Nevertheless, I was excited to listen to some new music (but especially excited when some of that new music covered some throwbacks). Every single show came with good vibes and fostered a happy, go-lucky crowd that just seemed happy to have a drink in hand and to be able to sing along to every song like it was their own. Honestly, I’ve never seen an audience quite like the audience I witnessed all weekend. And I’m not quite sure I can even put the experience into words except to say that if you’ve never been to a country concert of some sort, you’re missing out.

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Being able to see from the back because you can see over everyone’s heads

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dirty feet. all weekend.

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Now I know I should have an epic photoset of my outfits the entire weekend, but unfortunately this weekend I traveled sans photographer. I got a couple snapshots, but after the weekend was over I realized I have a bit to learn when it comes to taking photos at an event when I plan on blogging about it lol.. I promise I’ll do better next time! haha

Outfit summary: Most of the weekend seemed to consist of short sorts, denim overalls and plaid flannels at the waist. And while all these styles appeal to me, I prefer to be different.
Day 1 — I revived the outfit from my Peacekeeper post, seen HERE.
Day 2 — I paired my TTYA x Long Tall Sally bobble trim crop top (which I also used at the last festival I went to, shown HERE) with a pair of vintage cutoffs I grabbed a few years ago from Black Market.


Day 3 — I recently picked up a beautiful (and yes sheer!) summer dress from TSOQ. Sorry gals, it was the last one, but there are still a few shorter versions, HERE. My style tends to be a touch cheeky, so I threw a pair of highwaisted booty shorts underneathe along with a lacy bralette to complete the look.

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Day 4 — You can’t do a festival look without some fringe and this fringe goes for DAYS! Thankfully, I’ve got legs for days. Yes, another top I got awhile ago from TSOQ. Paired with my favourite vintage Levis.

My festival highlights:

  • Jake Owen
  • Cam – I’ve been in love with ‘Burning House’ and was looking forward to her set. Definitely one of my faves of the weekend!!
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  • Sam Hunt
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  • Dierks Bentley – probably the most entertaining show of the whole weekend
  • JoJo Mason
  • Dylan Scott – His Justin Bieber cover though ❤
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  • Diamond Rio – such a classic! Listening to them brought back so many feels, which only grew stronger during the final headliner of the weekend…..
  • TIM MCGRAW

The entire weekend was amazing but I can’t say enough about Tim McGraw. Out of all the acts, he is the epitome of what I remember country music to be and brought me back to my younger self. Halfway through the set, I took a look around and soaked it all in. I had taken 4 days off of all responsibilities and obligations, and it wasn’t until the final night, and the final act, that I realized how much I had needed this weekend and the importance of being able to turn off. Until I had to go home, I wasn’t able to do anything else but listen to the music and enjoy the moment. As he was singing about the BBQ stain on his white t-shirt, I was watching people of all ages dance under the stars and sing every lyric to every song. I was watching people raise their beer cans in salutations to the artist during every chorus, and throw their arms around their friends, swaying back and forth to the music. I get so easily overwhelmed when I’m all go go go, often forgetting to schedule downtime for myself, and in that moment, I had nothing but down time. Despite the impending doom of going home to maybe one of the busiest months everrrr (more on that next week), I felt at peace and ready to take it on. I wish I had had more than just my iPhone to try and capture a photo that translated the moment exactly as I felt it, but perhaps that’s the beauty of it.

The Cole’s Notes of all that mumbo jumbo? Take a time out. Whatever it is that brings you to that part of you that was easier. Simpler. More relaxed. Less distracted. Go there. It’ll help you survive the weeds 🙂

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PS Thanks for waiting a week for this one. It’s a bit of a different post than usual but let me know what  you think! Sometimes I feel like I’ve got more to share than just an outfit and if you’re vibing to this I want to hear about it.

Until next week,

xoxo

Happy August!

How is it August already? I feel like summer just began, yet at the same time am feeling like it’s almost over. Summer in Canada really is far too short, and despite the cooler weather yesterday, I find myself making sure I dress for summer as  much as possible.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I don’t often wear much colour. I generally feel most comfortable in blacks, whites and greys, and I think my hair makes up for the lack of colour in my wardrobe. But sometimes a pop of colour and/or print is necessary to keep the summer vibes alive when our summer days are feeling a bit lackluster. Cue: my newest trouser from TallGirls UK! Not only are they bright and sharp, but they’re also ridiculously comfortable. Paired with a crop top and my leather vest, it makes the perfect outfit for an cool summer evening out.

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One quick word of advice if you shop at TallGirls: follow their size chart! I though I would wear a UK8, but according to the size chart I’m more suited to the UK10.

 

Pants: paisley print peg 36 leg trouser, black, TallGirls
I’m wearing a UK10. (It’s also just over 30% off right now)
Crop: The Store on Queen. The top is no longer available, but here’s a similar option — click here.
Vest: Noisy May. It’s from an older collection, but this jacket has a similar vibe and zip.
Necklace: Forever21
Shoes: Zara