Posts tagged ‘nonstopstyle’

May 25, 2012

Take Me Out

by Kaylee Pare


It could be the influx of flawless summer weather we’ve been having lately, or that I’ve recently taken up the sport, but my fascination for baseball caps has certainly matured in recent weeks. Avoiding the beer, golf or car branded variations – and of course, any semblance of a trucker hat – a small category of simple, two-tone styles are fit for a Sunday stroll or a casual drink. Reminiscent of those peewee soccer days, a cap with minimalist tendencies brings an unlikely pair – sports and fashion – to new heights. Similar to the recent revamp of the sneaker wedge (which I also can’t get enough of), it’s finally time for us unqualified (heels-digging-in-grass) sports groupies to get a little taste of the playing field. And on that note…take me out to the ball game?
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May 1, 2012

Moving Forward

by Kaylee Pare

 

Pardon me? It’s been one exact month since my last post? How ironic. That was not planned. But now that I think about it, maybe it was just what I needed to gain a little perspective. Just like most things in life, guilt is so often apart of my blogging journey. I’m constantly pondering whether that post was as good as it could have been, or berating myself for disregarding any sort of posting schedule or routine. It seems however, that I’ve forgotten the precise beauty of what my blog is, which is a quaint space of my own where not one deadline or directive will guide me, where I am free to express everything from big thoughts to small purchases. I’ve learnt that guilt will get you nowhere, and coming to terms with the fact that things won’t always materialize just as you flawlessly planned, is essential.

These past few weeks have been nothing short of mayhem. Between living in a new city, starting a new job in an ultra-fast-paced industry, moving from one apartment to the next, and attempting to maintain contact with loved ones, I have had little to no time to reflect on it all. I’m so thrilled to finally be settled into a place of my own, where I have plenty of thinking space and much more time to devote to this darling space of mine. A fresh turn of the calendar, with so much potential.

March 16, 2012

Wishes

by Kaylee Pare

This week has been mildly hectic (sarcasm). I have not had one moment to breathe…and I’m not one of those people who constantly complains of their manic lives, fully exaggerating and making themselves seem wildly popular (hate that). My week, no matter how fast-paced, was also incredibly fabulous and memorable. I attended two fashion shows at Toronto Fashion Week, absorbed all the Canadiana fashion and enjoyed the hype of a big event. I was also fortunate enough to sit in the second row at the National Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. Everything from the costumes, the symphony, the arabesques and all the magical choreography, left me incredibly inspired. I can’t wait to spend Sunday furiously typing away and recounting the events of this week, because there’s just so much to say and so much to share. For now, I leave you with a wish for some relaxation this weekend, and maybe (if you need it) a couple hours to yourself, enjoying only the things you love to do alone, whether it’s treating yourself or just lazing about with not a care in the world. After all, what else are weekends for?

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March 7, 2012

Maximum Impact

by Kaylee Pare

The Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2012 finale certainly didn’t lack drama. With billowing layers of rose, black and fuschia organza overwhelming each model, the show exhibited a theatrical, feminine twist on modernity. Designer Sarah Burton describes the collection as, “a kind of soft futurism. Not cold and structured, but optimistic and forward-looking.” In an industry where the future is so often summed up by high-tech nuances, extreme sculptures and harsh silhouettes, it’s refreshing to see a designer forage for an optimistic execution. Mirrored eye shields, slick hair and overbearing shapes surely denote futurism, but add to that, feathery textures and echos of floral petals and you’re left with a new definition for progressive fashion …and, lest we forget, a whole collection of options for the likes of Anna Della Russo, Daphne Guinness and Gaga.

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March 6, 2012

Prrrr.

by Kaylee Pare

If the above ode to leopard pumps doesn’t convince you that spotted stilettos are incredibly versatile, I don’t know what will. Someone setting out to purchase classic footwear in nude or black, may just as well keep an eye out for leopard too. This is one print that does not discriminate. Buddies with the likes of floral, denim, pencil skirts, polka-dot sheaths, leggings and so many others, a touch of fierce will up the ante in any outfit; plain, print-heavy or otherwise. My modest row of wedges, boots and pumps is screaming for a furry pair – and so am I. Consider it added to the mile-long list of things my wardrobe needs, or maybe I should rephrase that by saying, the list of things I forever crave for my wardrobe. I can hear the prrrr from my closet floor already…

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February 14, 2012

Love, Love, Love

by Kaylee Pare

Today is a day to celebrate love of all kinds. From the one who’s by your side always, to your parents, your grandparents, your best friend, your oldest friend or even a loyal pet. Life being what it is, it’s important for everyone around you to know how much you appreciate them, and it’s never too late to write a letter, make a phone call or share a cup of coffee. My heart is a lucky one, because it’s filled with many sisters, incredible parents, old friends and new, blogging buddies and above all, people who I know will always be there. To them, I say thank you and love you forever. To the readers out there who come back every once and a while, you are also my Valentines. Thanks for the support xo

February 3, 2012

Fringe Benefits

by Kaylee Pare

Among the hundreds of street style photos I peruse daily, the ones I choose to save often have a unit of correlation. Whether it’s a particular shade of yellow, a fresh take on denim, a flawless pattern combination or a touch of fringe on a suede jacket and a leather skirt. While the idea of a fringe detail may evoke a Western feel, these women prove that a touch of leather transforms the look from southern belle to edgy style maven. I’m definitely feeling persuaded to add some embellished leather to my wardrobe and try this look on for size. As Tamu McPherson (left), Taylor Tomasi-Hill (right) and an unknown show-goer demonstrate, leather and fringe are versatile. Pairing them with an oversized wool sweater is just as fly as opting for thigh-high boots and a wide-brim hat. Truthfully, I expect that any way you decide to style this look will be impeccable – as long as a few loose leather threads are invited to the party.


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January 26, 2012

Dimensional

by Kaylee Pare

From left: Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Chanel, Giambattista Valli (Spring 2012 Couture)

The Spring 2012 Couture shows have come to a close and as usual, designers have implemented corresponding elements in contrasting ways, making all of us writers categorize groups of looks into ‘trends‘. As much as I know that this type of content will be repeated on multiple platforms in similar manners, I believe looking at individual pieces by style is more worthwhile for us regular shoppers than looking at a collection in its entirety. Here, with looks by Chanel, Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab, three-dimensional florals are abundant. On everything from coats and skirts to tops and gowns, 3-D arrangements make dainty petals a little more bold, and a little less bland. If anything, they are reminiscent of ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ moments.

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January 26, 2012

Walls

by Kaylee Pare


Graffiti, posters, advertisements, street signs, tiles. Every street corner presents a new set of visual inspiration. When we explore unfamiliar land, we are much more conscious of this fact. While wandering the streets of countless cities in Europe, I learnt to stop and notice not just those things that the travel books study. Often the simple things, like a decaying wall, vintage posters or someone’s painted creation offers much more of a story than the city itself.


Photos by Kaylee Paré in Athens, Greece.

January 18, 2012

Heart-Shaped Balloons

by Kaylee Pare

I’ve posted about my group of girlfriends before (ex: 1 and 2) but you’ll have to bear with much more of my gushing than that. This topic has arisen once more for one particular reason; a wedding. My best friend was recently lovingly proposed to and she (between screams and wide grins) said yes. Almost instantly, a flurry of textures, colors, places, people and so many plans began to float around in her head…and consequently, each of ours as well. As a fairly young group of girls, this is the first wedding to come our way. Being bridesmaids, and thus, planning the bachelorette, perusing wedding dress websites, discussing venues, gifts and all those juicy details, is really making us anxious for the year ahead.
I have to say that I am so thankful for the man that has swept her off her feet, because, as I’m sure you agree, your girlfriends always deserve to live the fairy tale they imagine for themselves. There’s nothing better than watching someone you love experience a thing so dreamy. Congratulations to my girl and her man, and I look forward to all of the festivities that will ensue…if we’re lost when it comes to weddings, we are professionals when it comes to celebrations. xo

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