Posts tagged ‘spring’

March 27, 2012

Lighten Up

by Kaylee Pare

While Mother Nature seems to be  undergoing a season-long mid-life crisis, I can definitively say that the extra hours of sunshine and a restored urge to walk everywhere, have surged a certain Spring flavour into my everyday routine. In place of heavy, salt-stained boots, I’ve come to enjoy the company of new sorbet pink ballerina flats. Weighty wool and cashmere have been set aside to make room for light knits in soft, neutral tones. Red, plum and navy shades are no longer desirable, only pastels and brights will get nail time from now on. Most expected of all, Hydrangeas have entered my home, care of mom, to brighten a lonely surface and bring Spring’s best blooming qualities inside. Unfortunately one of my favourite seasons (after Fall) brings with it a slight hot/cold rollercoaster. Perhaps it’s a small price to pay for our climate’s preparation to bring us warmth for the next few months. Think of this time as your last days with the brisk cold, make use of your most loved beanie and take pleasure in infusing certain new-season elements into the wardrobe you’ve come to know all too well throughout Winter. Most of all, day dream of stowing away your coats, boots and cold-weather accessories, and letting your skin enjoy some Vitamin D for a change. It’s all just around the corner, but for now…lighten things up with choices that keep you warm, but certainly breath much-needed vibrancy into your routine.

Photos by Kaylee Paré, NonStopStyle.
1. Cole Haan Air ballet flats
2. Knits by Banana Republic and Anthropologie
3. Essie Cocktail Bling (also on nails), Essie A Cut Above, Revlon Chic

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March 21, 2012

Sorbet

by Kaylee Pare

Somehow, another season is upon us, and we are thrust into that length of time when closet cravings are at their peak. Although the prospect of a fresh, warm season is thrilling, it also makes the styling process that much more daunting. Suddenly we are inclined to add pops of colour to every look, showing a bit more skin with each Celsius incline and all the while patiently sifting out the warm wools for the light linens.
Of course, last year’s stock of Spring pieces never quite seem good enough for us this time around. So begins the cycle…what does my wardrobe need this season?
The best part about Spring – other than the lively weather and the newfound urge we all have to sit on patios and go for walks – is the colour. Some years, the shade on everybody’s lips is coral, others it’s yellow, more recently it’s been colour blocking that has everyone’s attention, and more often that not, pastel colours are a must-have. This year, a refreshing take on traditional pastels has arisen – denoting flavours of mint, apricot, raspberry and lemon. Blouses, loafers, skirts and tanks are delicious in these shades, making my cravings turn from ice cream cones to silk sorbet. A new-found adoration that holds no hidden calories, but only implicates a small dent on your credit card – which is worse?

1. Repetto BB woven raffia ballet flats
2. Chloé Marci mini leather shoulder bag
3. Topshop Knitted chunky stitch jumper in mint
4. Topshop High waisted hotpants in apricot
5. Essie Cocktail Bling
6. 3.1 Phillip Lim Racer-back silk-crepe tank

February 7, 2012

By the Seashore

by Kaylee Pare

Chanel Runway Spring 2012

While it may seem as though these Winter months are here to stay, it’s comforting to think that Spring’s inauguration is just a little over a month away. The typical formula for Spring fashion entails florals and pastels, trench coats and bold stripes. This year however, designers have turned to the treasures of the sea to usher in the months of rainfall and blossoms that are upon us. Seashells and corals of all sorts turned up on Spring 2012 runways in the form of statement-making accessories.
Now’s the time to dig out that starfish pendant or start the hunt for sea-inspired pieces to add to your Spring wardrobe. There’s nothing like daydreaming of a warmer season ahead and the clothes you’ll be wearing…especially when the heavenly seashore is involved.


1. Yves Saint Laurent Riviera starfish-print canvas wedge sandals
2. Lanvin Minaudière satin shell clutch
3. Oscar de la Renta pavé shell clip earrings
4. Yves Saint Laurent gold-plated starfish ring
5. BCBG Maxazria draped vine necklace

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May 3, 2011

Optimism

by Kaylee Pare

April showers..

..bring May flowers!

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April 1, 2011

Spring Awakening

by Kaylee Pare

 

 

Hello…

 

GOODBYE!

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February 7, 2011

Color Blocking: How-To

by Kaylee Pare

Color blocking is a fun way to get ready for Spring without a hefty credit card balance. This trend is all about re-evaluating how you wear colors. If your first instinct is to match a bright yellow cardi with dark denim (although a glorious choice), you may want to venture outside the proverbial box. Color blocking essentially breaks the rules of matching. Even so, it’s a bright and sunny way to look at your wardrobe, and can help you reinvent it. Here a few instructions reviewed with the help of various Spring 2011 runway looks.

How to Color Block Pink:
Pink looks great with many colors in the blocking scheme. Some do-no-wrong choices are red, purple and coral. Neutral accents break up the brightness. If you’re looking to stand out in a crowd, opt for yellow!

How to Color Block Orange:
Orange is great with purple, white and green. If you’re looking for less of a Spring look, go for brown or red (see it here). If you want to rock the 60’s Twiggy look, go for baby blue!

How to Color Block Blue:
The Spring runways exhibited an array of blues this year, with teal, baby blue and electric coming out on top. Each of these work great mixed together. Accents of metallic, purple, yellow and charcoal offset the look.

How to Color Block Yellow:
Yellow presented itself on the runway in hues from bright to muted. Warning: Do not attempt a color block with dark mustard yellow, you will certainly fail terribly. Color block Spring’s yellows with teal, pink and green.

Pre-Fall Color Blocking: It’s all about Teal.
If you’re looking to plan very far in advance, you should be keeping an eye out for teal. As we’ve seen, teal can still be worn in the color blocking scheme for Spring but it’s making a huge return in Pre-Fall, so you know it’s an investment that will pay off!

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