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IRO 'Agnette' Jacket

Andrea Porritt

A perennial favourite and constant best seller IRO's distressed tweed 'Agnette' jacket is the perfect mix of of edge and refinement - just like the fabulously chic women who embody this French label. Woven in texture, this classic styled jacket has been given an edgy overhaul with an abundance of silver hardware, frayed edges and strategically placed rips and tears.

I love this jacket, it's Parisian chic but with a slight rock n' roll aesthetic.  And it's a silhouette they produce every season to satisfy the cult following that has amassed around this essential jacket. My fav way to style it is with a pair of skinnies and I love the neutral palette, it keeps the look polished and versatile. 

Outfit Details:

IRO 'Agnette' Jacket - in a different colour here and in a similar styles here and here.

AG Ankle in Twilight Shredded Denim

Converse All Stars

The Hermès Constance Belt.

Andrea Porritt

Iconic, one of a kind and the best belt investment of your life, the Hermès Constance belt, also known as the "H" belt, is a total classic. It's also one of the best purchases you can make at Hermès. Everything from this iconic brand costs a crap load of money - $1,500 cuffs, $20,000 bags, $500 scarves, it is pure luxury heaven. Fortunately, the Constance belt is one of the less costly items in the Hermès arsenal, and it's sure to make the biggest statement. 

I have wanted this belt for forever and was lucky enough to get it as a gift this past Christmas. The one I received is the classic "H" buckle in the brushed gold finish, however it does come in several other finishes and fonts. 

The leather belts are reversible which is awesome. I have the fawn/black combo which, if you're going to splurge, is the one you should get because you can't go wrong with brown and black. And you're sure to get the most use out of it.

When you buy your first buckle, you need to buy the leather belt as well. Although you may be tempted, DO NOT buy the leather belt from somewhere else. It never fits totally right and if you're going to take the plunge you might as well do it right the first time. I know these belts are expensive but they are an investment piece! 

DO NOT buy one from eBay or anywhere else for that matter except Hermès. You might as well buy it fresh from the source and get the whole Hermès "experience", and the peace of mind in knowing that it's authentic. And whatever you do, don't buy a fake one! Never buy fake anything - just go without until you can get the real thing. Believe me, a trained eye can always tell a fake - even a good one. I can sniff out a fake anything like a bloodhound. Trust me, DO NOT ATTEMPT.

But seriously though, the Hermès Constance belt is the perfect accessory for just about everything and it's sure to add an air of sophistication to any wardrobe. It's classic, chic and can be dressy or casual. I wear mine with high waisted skirts or with jeans and a white tee. It's perfect for everyday wear and it's just, well, the perfect belt.

Outfit Details:

Hermès Constance Belt.

Maje Jacket (old).

Citizens of Humanity Rocket Dark Indie - Similar here.

Valentine's Day.

Andrea Porritt

Love is in the air! I don't know about you but I think it's silly to only celebrate love around Valentine's Day. I'm all for appreciating your significant other all throughout the year, not just on one particular day. However, it's always a nice excuse for a date night, getaway or even just some fresh flowers. 

For this year's Valentine's Day look, I kept it pretty classic, but with a bit of a twist. I love this Ayelette Cut-Out cocktail dress from Self Portrait. I wore it to our Christmas Eve party that we hosted this past year and meant to post it to the blog then, but wasn't able to get around to it with all the holiday craziness!

But it's the perfect dress for Valentine's Day!  It's a gorgeous fit-and-flare, off the shoulder style, that features a draped cross front and beautifully engineered bodice. The structured waistband is very figure flattering and I love the way the deep pleats add a bit of drama to the midi skirt. It's elegant, chic and the perfect dress for an evening out with my hubs.

This is the second dress that I've purchased from Self Portrait (I also bought the Azaelea Dress, click here for pics), and love that their decidedly feminine looks are always executed with a devilish wink.

The way Dennis's work schedule is he's not always home for Valentine's Day, but he will be this year!! We decided to keep things simple this February 14th and celebrate with a nice romantic evening out at one of our favourite restaurants here in Kelowna, Quail's Gate Winery's Old Vines Restaurant. Happy Love Day Everyone!!

Outfit Details:

Ayelette Cut-Out Double Crepe Dress in Red from Self Portrait.

Black Bow-Tie Pumps from JustFab - similar here and here.

Maje Black Jacket (old) - similar here.

Oversized Knit.

Andrea Porritt

Confession: I am obsessed with this sweater. I love it so much that I bought it in two different colours! It's lightweight, super warm, comfortable, cozy and stylish. The fit is also great, oversized, softly structured and boxy but with a modern shape so you can dress it up or down. This turtleneck sweater is a core basic and would be a great addition to any wardrobe.

Faux.

Andrea Porritt

Cold??? Not fur long!! Super soft and extra cosy this faux fur vest has been keeping me warm these last few days. It has been one of my favourite layering pieces this season and instantly dresses up an outfit when worn over sweaters or jackets. I've styled mine with a simple grey long sleeve and faux leather leggings for the perfect off-duty look. But no matter how you choose to wear your fuzzy vest, you can be sure it will add a touch of extravagance and luxury to any outfit. It's chic, it's warm, and the best part is.... it's cruelty free.

Outfit Details:

Wilfred Chatou Vest from Aritzia. These faux fur vests are also great, here and here.

Grey Long Sleeve - Similar here and here.

BCBG Maxazria Faux Leather Leggings - Similar here and here.

Sam Edelman Justin Booties

LBD.

Andrea Porritt

Perhaps more than any other piece of clothing, the little black dress, is the one essential wardrobe staple that will take you practically anywhere.

It is both the default option when stuck for what to wear for an occasion and a timeless revisited icon. Essentially a simple black cocktail dress, the garment goes by the affectionate nickname of LBD. It's silhouette has changed over the years but the little black dress has remained supremely chic.

Outfit details:

Naked Wardrobe Keyhole Midi Dress

Burberry Coat - Similar here.

Christian Louboutin Batignolles 120 Black Patent Leather Pumps - Similar here and here.

 

Transitional Trench.

Andrea Porritt

Fall is here and I couldn't be more excited! There is something about crisp air and hot apple cider that has me in love with this season. But one of the things I love most about fall is the fashion!

Depending on where you live, the weather during this time of year can be a bit fickle, making it tricky to deal with. Which is why having an arsenal of items in your closet that will layer easily, keep you warm or cool when needed, and be dressed up or down is of utmost importance. If you're stumped over what to wear during this transitional time look no further than the timeless trench coat. 

I love everything about this Gideon Trench from Club Monaco. It's a classic outerwear staple that has become my go-to this fall season. It's perfect for this time of year because it's lightweight, highly versatile, easy to throw on, and looks great dressed up or down.

Now I know calling a trench coat timeless isn't exactly revolutionary, but when it comes to transitional dressing, no cover-up compares in terms of weight, versatility and polish. 

The Blanket Scarf.

Andrea Porritt

True story: I am always cold. My friends and family can certainly attest to it. And because I always seem to be a total freeze baby I own more than my fair share of scarves.

So, how to look chic and cuddly this fall without drowning in fabric? I introduce, the blanket scarf. 

Blanket scarves are a jumbo version of the scarf that are so big they can even be used as, you guessed it, a blanket. They're warm, cozy, comfortable and perfectly oversized to double as a scarf, wrap, shawl, and yes, even a blanket.

But despite how versatile they are, blanket scarves can be hard to figure out. There's so much fabric that it's easy to look at it and go "how the eff do I wrap this around my neck?" If you want to embrace the coziest trend of the season, I've got you covered!

1. The wrap around. I love this one because its simple. Just wrap it around your neck 3 or 4 times and tie it in a knot in front. It's a great style for really cold weather as you can tuck your mouth into the scarf as all the bulk is around your head and neck as opposed to being tucked inside your jacket. 

2. Belted. Put the middle of the scarf at the back of your neck and pull it over your boobs like a halter top. You can then belt it loosely around your waist.

3. Shawl/Cape. Just leave it draped over your shoulders and arms like a blanket - kinda like a kimono vibe. It's always easy and really doesn't need anything.

4. Snowman. Last but not least the absolute easiest way to wear a blanket scarf is to tie it in the same way you would as if you were putting it on a snowman. It's the most iconic and classic way to tie a scarf.

Kimono Cool.

Andrea Porritt

The kimono has been one of this years most coveted trends - the modern cousins of the ancient Japanese garment are everywhere from the music festival circuit to the runways. And they're being worn by everyone from Olivia Palermo and Kendall Jenner to fashion loving teens, street style stars and Starbucks toting moms. 

The kimono is certainly one helluva trend. It can be bohemian, western cool, St. Tropez glamorous, sexy housewife effortless, gypsy knockout beauty, rock n' roll chic, feminine, grungy or posh hobo. It's incredibly feminine and very sexy, its Alexa Chung meets Vanessa Hudgens cool.

So how to wear the kimono and get that coveted boho chic look? Just throw one on! They look great with shorts, dresses, skirts, bustier tops, camisoles, tees, over swimsuits and over anything you'd actually rock during the day or night. And the styles they come in... OMG! Like a trillion of them: long, short, midi, prints, fringe, silky, oversized, the possibilities are endless.

Of course my favourite way to wear these silky garments is over jeans and a tee (or a tank) - it just adds a bit of razzmatazz to an otherwise ordinary outfit. You could be at home in your PJ's and throw one on and you end up looking fab while making coffee. But however you decide to rock a kimono be sure to keep the rest of your look streamlined and modern to avoid looking too costumey.

Confession: I sometimes liken my kimono to a cape, and with it the superpower it may hold. Just think about it, what if, when wearing a kimono we'd all turn into superheroes who can wear 6 inch heels, rock pink hair, drink with no hangovers and sing and dance like Beyonce. Sounds pretty good right?? But even if all this is a slight stretch from reality, we could still give the kimono a try. It is after all, quite fabulous, so a hidden power to it may not be so far from the truth.

Outfit Details:

Kimono - Gypsy Soul Designs 

Shoes - Sole Society

Ring - Julie Vos

Bracelets - Leah Alexandra

The Azaelea Dress.

Andrea Porritt

I absolutely love this floral lace Azaelea dress by London based Self-Portrait. The label was launched in 2013 by founder and Creative Director Han Chong and combines femininity with a street edge. Using luxury fabrics, their designs include transitional city-wear pieces inspired by a feminine and sporty aesthetic with classic details. My favourite are their statement cocktail dresses, their fresh feminine dresses are perfect for wedding receptions, parties and events.

Bold Botanic.

Andrea Porritt

I found this beautiful sheath dress when I was on vacation in Geneva and instantly fell in love with its bold botanic print. Such a fun twist on a classic style.

A sheath dress typically has a high neckline with a simple, form fitting cut making the waist a major focal point. When it comes to hemlines I find the most flattering lengths are an inch above or below the knee. So avoid anything too long or too short.

Some fashion experts suggest that a sheath should only be worn by women with perfect figures, but I actually believe the reverse to be true. A figure hugging silhouette with a defined waist tends to be a great choice for women with a little more curve, like myself, since it emphasizes an hourglass shape, promoting a very feminine look. So whether you're a size 2 or a size 22, a sheath dress may just be the most flattering look, provided it fits properly ;)

Knowing how to wear a sheath dress can vary depending on season and occasion - I love this dress for cocktail parties and formal events. But rest assured this is a timeless and versatile style and is the perfect base for working a variety of looks. The sheath dress can also stand alone as a statement piece, or be complemented by some simple accessories like earrings and a great bracelet – it doesn’t really need much. Whether it’s for work or play, a sheath dress can be dressed up or down and still look all sorts of stylish.

Outfit Details:

Rose Jacquard Dress by Phase Eight.

The Boyfriend Shirt.

Andrea Porritt

Soooo today's blog post is a bit of a makeshift look out of my boyfriend's clothes. I was wearing his new Ralph Lauren Polo button up while I was getting ready (I love the comfort and looseness of a men's fit), and as I didn't have time to change before I left I just decided to wear it to the shoot - with the intention of changing into my actual outfit once I arrived on site. Needless to say I forgot my intended outfit at home and didn't even realize it until I got to the shoot location!

However, there's more to infusing your beau's leftovers than efficiency. Take a cue from the French street-style stars who have mastered the look: Vogue Paris editor Emmanuelle Alt can be seen in loose-fitting men's button-ups tucked into skinny jeans, topped off with a pair of heels.

There are certainly a multitude of ways to wear your boyfriend shirt - as a jacket over a dress, pair it with leggings or distressed jeans. A checked shirt with denim shorts is a classic look you will want to try - just make sure the shorts are short and snug-fitting to counteract the loose fit of the boyfriend shirt. I also love it when a boyfriend shirt is worn slightly more unbuttoned with a good roll to the sleeves, otherwise I find the silhouette can be a bit overwhelming.

Break Out the White.

Andrea Porritt

The weather is heating up and I'm slowly but surely throwing my heavy winter knits to the back of my closet and shifting gears by putting my wardrobe into neutral with white. Clean and chic, white strikes a smart pose this spring and is one of the most versatile "colours" around. From casual to dressy, white is the common style denominator for brightening up any spring and summer wardrobe.

One of your first purchases this spring should be a pair of white jeans. I think white jeans are absolutely amazing, when you put them on you just feel lighter... happier, and they will go with just about anything! Go for a classic five-pocket style and be sure to check sheerness! Visible panty lines are always a don't!

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Outfit Details:

J Brand White Cropped Skinny Jeans

Just Female Shirt - similar here and here.

Sole Society Booties - similar here and here.

Gucci Soho Leather Shoulder Bag

Club Monaco Belt

Sunday Somewhere Yetti Dark Choc Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

Kate Spade Cuff

Leah Alexandra Bracelets - here and here.

Back to Basics.

Andrea Porritt

With so much talk of raising and lowering heels and hemlines, print on print, feathers, fringe, jumpsuits, kimonos and the bag of the season, it's easy to get lost in trends.

This week I'm going back to basics and taking inspiration from some savvy style icons for the most necessary of wardrobe mainstays - the classic and uncomplicated palette of black and white. The yin and yang out of the rainbow colour spectrum, these two hues are basic staples that everyone should have in their closet.

While trends come and go, these contrasting options offer a seamless transition into each season and serve as a canvas for you to experiment and accessorize with other trends accordingly.

One thing I can say with certainty, while black and white may be basic, they are anything but ordinary.

Outfit Details:

Aritzia Le Fou by Wilfred Textured Halter Blouse - similar here.

Aritzia Wilfred Lis Skirt

Givenchy Double Band Sara Sandal in Black

Sunday Somewhere Yetti Dark Choc Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

Stripes.

Andrea Porritt

If you are searching for something individual, urban-appropriate and timelessly stylish, then I would advise you to take a look at the French label Maje. The brand's designer Judith Milgrom is fascinated by fabrics and silhouettes, that's why every garment has an original look with a distinct feminine spirit. I bought this short black and white stripped sweater in Paris back in September and love its simple yet sharp feminine silhouette and glamor detail touches.


Blue Jean Baby.

Andrea Porritt

Hope you guys all had great weekends! I spent my weekend breaking in my new pair of Levi's skinnies from RE/DUN.  I happen to love a good pair of jeans, especially vintage inspired denim, the more rips and tears the better!

One of the biggest problems when shopping for vintage denim is that tailoring is usually a requirement. Another issue I have is that you usually have to spend hours scouring the racks of thrift stores to find that perfect treasured pair. And since this really isn't my thing, I was really excited when I discovered RE/DUN, a new denim brand from fashion entrepreneurs Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur.

As the name suggests, the Los Angeles based denim house finds much-loved vintage Levi's and recuts them into two styles: straight skinny and relaxed skinny. This generates a one-of-a-kind pair every time! They have also recently added high rise and black straight skinnies to their vintage denim line up. The jeans retain all the character of a vintage pair - the whiskers, stains, rips and tears - but have a contemporary silhouette and modern fit. So yes, if you are a denim junkie like me, this is probably the best news you've heard in years.

RE/DUN Levi's Straight Skinny Jeans.

Dolan Left Coast Grey Tee - similar here.

Burberry Brit Camel Coat - similar here and here.

Alexander Wang Eniko Asymmetric Wedge.

Janessa Leone Lola Hat.

Loren Hope Pippa Bibb Necklace in Crystal.

Michael Kors Runway Oversized Gold-Tone Watch.

Classic Camel.

Andrea Porritt

Whether it's date night with my hubby, out and about running errands or lunch with my girls, the camel coat has been my classic winter topper. From Old Hollywood movie stars to modern day muses, the camel coat has been keeping some of the most elegant women warm for more than six decades. Whether it's worn cinched at the waist or oversized and left open, there's no denying the sophistication of this timeless staple.