Monday, December 3, 2012

Shift Dress: 3 Way Layering

A good quality silk shift dress is a great investment. It's not only super flattering - keep it short to lengthen your legs and a bit loose to hide all the bloat - but it's also extremely versatile. What I like best about it, though, is the layering capabilities.

Don't believe me, you say? Well then, let me show you..

The Dress
The Dress: Club Monaco silk shift dress (bought it on sale last year for $139) // necklace: Forever 21

Look 1: Wear it with a Blazer

Whether you want to wear it with a boyfriend blazer or something more structured, pairing your shift dress with a blazer is a great way to add some dimension and break up a single pattern.

left: boyfriend blazer from Club Monaco // right: structured blazer from Urban Outfitters

Look 2: Wear it with a Pencil Skirt

If your office is as conservative as mine, you can't really get away with wearing a short shift to work. Why not pair it with a pencil skirt? Maybe if your crazy, add some faux fur to your faux blouse!

left: red pencil skirt vintage from Talize (also worn here) // right: velvet polka dot pencil skirt from TopShop

Look 3: Wear it with a Sweater

A shift dress can be a great alternative to a mini skirt for when you want to go out for a drink with friends or even if your office is a bit more casual with their dress code. Keep the sweater fitted for a prim and proper look or baggier for a some edge.

left: purple sweater from the Gap // right: baggy sweater from my boyfriend's closet, necklaces from Club Monaco

To get even more outfits out your dress, why not do a sweater and a blazer, or a blazer and a skirt? or maybe even a longer shift dress underneath? The shift dress is your layering best friend!! Maybe even your real life best friend.

Oh yeah, check out my second pair of Roots boots! What do you think? A good buy?

Hey You, Buy a Shift Dress!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Nerdy Blogger edition

The holidays are fast approaching! Although, I love receiving clothes and jewelry from my generous family and friends, sometimes it's nice to be surprised with something I wouldn't buy for myself.

Here's our nerdy holiday gift guide for that blogger/food-and-fashion-obsessed friend in your life. With these gifts, sizing doesn't matter. It's one size fits all!

(1) ONA's the Palma camera bag to make all her dreams come true ($319)
(2) Photojojo's Bamboo solar iphone and ipad charger for the instagram obsessed ($35)
(3) Drake General Store's Toronto Brunch Map for the brunch lover ($12)
(4) Smitten Kitchen's cookbook and Oh Joy's Blogging handbook for blogger appreciation ($21.95)
(5) Anthropologie's vintage-inspired measuring spoons and cups for hosting dinner parties ($18+)
(6) Diptyque's Holiday candle set ($62.56)
(7) Etsy's Personalized Journals for jotting down daily inspirations [jonmerrymanstore shown here, but there's tons to choose from!] ($25)
(8) Kate Spade's Monogrammed Stationary paper for sending personal notes ($26)
(9) City and coffee lovers will rejoice over the Indie Coffee Passport ($25)
(10) Modcloth's peas in a pod salt and pepper shaker for food lovers and shakers ($21.99)
(11) The Bay's classic multi-striped mug for braving Canadian winters ($7)

Rose and I will happily accept any of the above!
Readers, any other suggestions?