Timeless Fashion with Sumissura

There’s something to be said about classic, timeless pieces. Even though styles come and go, there are certain pieces that will never really get old. Jeans. Leather jackets. Suits. White t-shirts. Personally, I have a bad habit of buying too many statement pieces, but have been making more of an effort to round my wardrobe out with some more versatile classics. Now that I’m in my 30s, I find myself wanting to dress smarter and am learning that the key (for me) is to mix and match styles and pieces to make a finished and polished look. My favourites are outfits that look edgy, but clean. Professional, but daring.

For a few years now, I’ve been falling in love with women’s pantsuits. I think they’re timeless, powerful, and smart. Last year, a company called Sumissura reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try them out, and you can imagine my excitement when I found out that I could get a custom made and tailor fit green velvet tux; a gorgeous marriage between a classic shape with a statement finish.

This year, they reached out again, and I was SO excited with how the last order turned out, I asked if I might be able to try their custom-made trench coats and dresses. I’ve never had a classic trench and I knew that getting one that was made specific to my long limbed sizing would be the only way to go. Later this week I’ll be sharing a complete video on my YouTube channel, with my order process and my first try-on/review like I did with my last order, but I’m spoiling the surprise and letting you know that I LOVE EVERYTHING about this order too.

Trench coats have been around since the first and second World Wars, and have since become fashionable classic pieces throughout the decades. I know that this piece is going to get so much wear for years and years to come. I paired it with one of Sumissura’s flare knee length dresses, another very simple and classic piece. Altogether, this outfit made me feel like such a professional lady! As much as I love my street fashion, I really can’t ignore how sharp and put together an outfit like this makes me feel.

If you’re interested in checking out Sumissura for yourself (and I really think you should because the customization options are almost endless!!!), use my referral link for $25 off your first purchase (applicable to new users only), which will give me $25 off my next purchase — this referral program is open to everyone so you can invite your friends and get that referral bonus too!
If you already have an account but have never ordered, use my code: blgmermaid for 10% off your first purchase!! I don’t get paid if you use this code but this way they’ll know I sent you ūüôā

(I also didn’t get paid for this post or any post regarding Sumissura, but have been gifted my fully customized clothing items for an honest review.)

Anyways, I’m looking forward to having a reason to wear this outfit past my own sidewalk one of these days..
Hope you’re all hanging in there and staying safe and sane if you’re transitioning back to work. Big love,

xx

DreamBelts for Valentine’s

When you live where winters are cold, the only good thing about February is Valentine’s Day. I’ve never really done much for Valentine’s day nor have I expected anything, but my boyfriend and I have used it as an excuse to go on a little staycation a few times here in the city, and I’ve also been guilty of using it to justify the purchase of some pretty intimates. Even if we don’t have plans, wearing a something spicy under my clothes is like a little Valentine to myself.

So far this year, we’ve not made plans but I’m already throwing together a few backup outfit ideas.. you know.. just in case. I recently had the pleasure of shooting with a local designer who makes leather harnesses for her brand, DreamBelts.¬† I already knew I loved harnesses and leather, her accessories are kind of perfect to add to a Valentine’s outfit!

While harnesses have that very obvious element of kink, they can so easily be incorporated into fashion no matter your personal style, and do NOT have to be left to only bedroom fashion. Personally, wearing leather and harnesses make me feel powerful and sexy, and I just can’t get enough, so I figured I’d share how I styled a few pieces for our most recent shoot.

Dress: brought by the designer

Dress: Boohoo (tall)

White pantsuit: ASOS (tall)
Vest: brought by the designer
Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret

 

All photos by Gustavo Gonzalez

My Productivity Journal

This week I finally started using the productivity journal that my boyfriend gave me for Christmas. With so many goals for the year and so many different projects on the go, the whole idea of this journal is to prioritize tasks and get them done in an efficient manner. I’m only going into day 3, but just the act of writing out my to do list is already something I can see will be super beneficial. I’ve also added a large desk calendar so that I can visualize my schedule and projects in hopes it keeps me on top of everything as the year continues. I gave myself a head start by photographing a few outfits during the holidays (the last of which I’m sharing todayyy), so the real test is going to be how I manage my time moving forward because at the moment, I don’t have any outfits for next week.. to be honest, it feels a bit daunting. The success of my regular posts and the growth of my blog as a whole the way I imagine it will be directly correlated to how well this journal works for me soo…. will report back in a few weeks!

As for this week’s outfit, I’m actually pretty pleased that the weather still matches what I shot a few weeks ago. I RARELY wear skirts or dresses casually and am far less inclined to do so when I’m cold, but I love the look of skirts styled with tights for winter (I’m wearing an Ultra Stretch Opaque tight by Secret Legwear and the fit is PERFECT!).

Skirt: Missguided
Hoodie: Missguided
Coat: Missguided
Hat: Asos
Earrings: Asos
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Soufeel Jewelry (use code Stefanie15 to get 15% off your own necklace)

Unboxing and initial try-on video HERE

Leaving with a quote. Until next week!! xx

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. — Steve Jobs

What Does Your Profile Say About You?

My boyfriend and I started watching a new reality series, The Circle, on Netflix this week. It kinda has this Big Brother-esque feel to it, except the contestants don’t meet in person, they only meet and interact via their in game app, The Circle, similar to a Facebook style platform. They befriend each other, flirt, converse, strategize, all through chat messages, and the only things that anyone knows about them comes from what they share on their profiles or through conversations.

Watching the way the contestants started to interpret their opponents’ photos, profiles, and words, making assumptions before actually knowing anything real about them, made me start to wonder how people perceive me based off of what I share. While it’s difficult to really look at myself objectively, I’d like to think that I try make sure my sense of self is translated through every platform I share on in a way that’s authentic and honest.. and fashionable when I can lol *insert outfit photos here*

Outfit details:
Jacket: Alloy Apparel
Bodysuit: Alloy Apparel
Jeans: Alloy Maxwell Jeans (discontinued)
Hat: Blackburn & Raymond
Watch: MVMT
Touque: Dollarama
Belt: Dollskill
Black Boots: old Aldo Shoes
White boots: Missguided

….there are so many thoughts I was going to dive into when I really started thinking about this show, but none of them are complete, and would also lead to a much much longer read that probably wouldn’t have any real conclusion. I thought of one paragraph about adding “authenticity” to my 2020 vision board.. another about the contestants on the show who are catfish and how I feel about that. That probably would have led to a quick “OMG Catfish is coming out with a new season” comment followed by a brief dive into my own experiences with fake people on the internet (click HERE for some of that tea!!)… and before you know it you don’t really know what this post was about in the first place.

So for now I’ll just leave with food for thought: What does your online presence say about you, and are you okay with that?

Until next time,

xx

The Sumissura Experience!

I was recently contacted by Sumissura about trying out their service for a custom tailored outfit. If you’re unfamiliar with Sumissura, they’re a Swiss-based brand of tailor-made clothing for women whose goal is to give all women the opportunity to access the world and enjoy the comfort of tailor-made clothing at an affordable price.

I didn’t know how the whole process worked until I checked out their website, but had been following them already on instagram, so I knew they had some gorgeous styles to offer. I was given the option to choose a suit and a shirt, so I quickly got to work customizing my order.

Sumissura offers many pre-designed suits, tuxedos, jackets, dresses, etc., but their most exciting feature is to design your own. Once I saw the extensive selection of fabrics, I knew EXACTLY what I would hope to have made. My inspiration was drawn directly from Cate Blanchett’s character in Ocean’s 8. I fell in love with her entire wardrobe throughout the movie, most specifically, her green velvet pant suit.

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Cate Blanchett – Ocean’s 8

The customization process includes everything from fabric to lapel size, and pocket styles to the fit of the pants. I think I successfully recreated the suit I was envisioning, within Sumissura’s offerings. I then used their super easy to follow instructional video to import all of my measurements so that not only was my suit made to my style preferences, but also specifically for MY body (every tall girl’s dreams).

My package arrived safe and sound, exactly two weeks after I placed my order, but I waited until the following Saturday (5 days later) to try it on so I could film the experience (watch my entire Sumissura process HERE). They DO have a perfect fit guarantee, so if things aren’t fitting properly they’ll remake it or pay for alterations as long as you contact support within 7 days of receiving the order.

Long story short, I’M IN LOVE WITH MY SUIT!!! Everything fits like a glove. The quality is unreal. It looks ON POINT! When I’m wearing it, I feel like a boss bitch ready take whatever life wants to throw my way (actually though… don’t mess with me while I’m wearing it!).

I think it’s important to note that because I’m used to a stretch pant that moves with me, the tailor fit pant without stretch is a bit of an adjustment. The length of the pant is JUST at the ankle when I’m standing because I didn’t want them to bunch at the bottom, so if I sit it rides up the leg (the way a men’s pant would). The fit around my waist and ankle is also a touch snug, BUT because I gave them my measurements I probably could have added an extra 1/4 inch to allow for a bit of movement. Not being an experienced seamstress, I didn’t really think that one through. I just have to make sure my booty/thigh gains aren’t too significant in the next month or so, because I plan on wearing this one to my friend’s wedding!

The ONLY other thing worth raising a potential flag to, is the length from waist to crotch. I don’t think there was an option to add a measurement for this area, and for us tall girls, this could raise a concern. Adding extra length to a pant for a tall girl often means adding length everywhere and not just in the leg. My pair of pants turned out pretty perfectly, but for anyone who has a long hip/waist, you MAY find it a little snug.

As for the blouse, I am in love with it. The fit is perfect. The material is SO ridiculously soft and I don’t think I’ve ever had a blouse that fits so nicely. I often find if I want it to fit my boobs, there’s no shape in the waist, and then if i want it to fit my waist, I’ll risk popping a button. I don’t have any of those concerns with this one and it looks so sharp!

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Sumissura custom jacket lining.

For a custom tailored outfit, what Sumissura offers their customers is amazing! I’ve never ordered anything custom tailored before, and this experience was so easy, efficient and successful that I’ll definitely be making another order! I’ve already been raving about it to my girlfriends lol.. Every woman needs a good power suit. Even if I had any issues with my order, I know that because the process was so smooth, getting it fixed or altered would be just as hassle-free.

I want to give a  HUGE thank you to Eugenie at Sumissura for setting me up with this experience. Don’t be surprised if you find me in a suit at every occasion for the rest of forever. ‚̧

If you’re interested in checking out Sumissura for yourself (and I really think you should because the customization options are almost endless!!!), use my referral link for $25 off your first purchase (applicable to new users only), which will give me $25 off my next purchase — this referral program is open to everyone so you can invite your friends and get that referral bonus too!
If you already have an account but have never ordered, use my code: blgmermaid for 10% off your first purchase!! I don’t get paid if you use this code but this way they’ll know I sent you ūüôā

Hibernation Season

The title says it all. As soon as the cold weather hits, I turn into a hermit that only leaves the house if I absolutely have to…. sooooo basically only when I have to go to work. My social life suffers, my creativity seems to have frozen with the icicles outside my window, and my mood matches the grey wintery skies. Apparently I’ve been hibernating most of 2017…

I’m not sure where the shift happened, or if it was just the fresh start of a new year, but we’re halfway through January and I feel my hibernation lifting. I’m getting excited to create again, I’m slowly falling back into somewhat of a routine, and I’m feeling like myself again. Maybe it’s my new pink hair. Maybe it’s the new boots I got for 40% off… Or maybe it’s the new jacket I scored for only $15. Regardless. I’m loving it. Lay it on me 2018.

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***Disclaimer: I bought the red jacket before dying my hair pink.

Jacket: Forever 21, $15 (I LOVE sale racks!!! Especially when the sleeves fit!!)
Boots:¬†Call It Spring (they’re currently offering 30% off reg. price with code 30STYLE)
Scarf: Topshop
Tshirt: Hip and Bone
Gloves: Free People (past season)
Pants:¬†Kingpins Royale denim jeans x¬†One Teaspoon, (a few sizes left at The Store On Queen’s Blowout Sale — I wear mine a size larger than my normal)
Hair: Manic Panic

 

 

Photos done by Jesse Lozier

The Power Suit

Once upon a time, I went to university for business and as I neared graduation, I pictured myself finding a job in a big city, probably in the financial district at some entry level job, until I worked my way up to a position with an impressive title. Years later, I felt like a little bit of a fraud while shooting this look downtown in the financial district. I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, and the only reason I wear suits like this is because I love wearing things that make me feel badass, and there’s something about a well fitted pant suit on a woman that is particularly badass.

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I’ve been wanting a pant suit for quite awhile but without getting one specifically tailored to my size, I had been yet to come across anything that would fit my height, length, and shape. Without even having to ask, Adelle, a designer from Trinidad, seemed to read my mind and answer my suit prayers! This suit by Dellez Fashion is absolutely stunning. The gentle detailing of the satin lapel is just enough to elevate the jacket from just a simple navy suit, and both pieces fit me like a dream!

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I love this suit so much, the next on my list is going to be a floral pant suit. I fell in love with them at fashion week two seasons ago, and now I’m as determined as ever to find one in my size!

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Suit: Dellez Fashion
Blouse: Urban Outfitters
Coat: CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Tie:¬†my boyfriend’s closet
Watch: Fossil
Glasses: Forever21
Shoes:¬†Qupid, from Marshall’s

 

 

Photos by Austin Marshall

 

I ‚ô° Toronto

I find one of the most common questions I get working downtown (aside from anything height related), is if I’m from here. My response, I grew up a few hours outside the city, but I’ve been living in Toronto off and on now for 7 years, and yes, I absolutely love it.

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I find it hard to imagine living anywhere else. This city always has something going on. Anything you need is generally accessible within a few blocks at any given time, and though it seems absolutely massive, Toronto is actually so small. I used to feel like just another number in the crowd, but nowadays, I can rarely go for a walk downtown without seeing someone I know. Probably part of the reason I love putting together dope outfits.. If I’m going to be seen by ANYone I know, I better look and feel amazing!

Another huge thank you to Long Tall Sally for giving me a taste of their new CURATD capsule. I’m always confident I’ll be on trend and looking well put together with the pieces they’ve been putting out. Perfect styles to be seen in ūüėČ
My ONLY downside this time around is the fit of these gorgeous pants. I don’t know if it’s the extra leg exercises I’ve been doing lately or what, but my thighs seemed a bit too thick for the silhouette of the pant, and the waist a bit loose in comparison. They wore well while I was standing, but any extra movement (including sitting) wasn’t the most comfortable.

 

Top: Tie neck detailed blouse, CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Pants: PU Zip detail trouser, CURATD x Long Tall Sally
Hat:¬†faux leather beret, Missguided (yes they also have a tall department, and often have sales running to make their already affordable items, even more affordable. I recently made a purchase during their “50% off orders $200+” sale. Click HERE to get $20 off your next purchase)
Shoes: Freda Salvadore

 

Photos by Austin Marshall

 

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? ūüėČ

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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 ūüėČ

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

 

 

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.

Roch:

Stephan Caras: 

Mikael D:

 

 

All runway photos by Shane Gray