The 90's Called
I know I may be a bit of a nerd when it comes to TV shows but I am still loving Riverdale. If you haven't watched it you won't understand my love of Jughead (I share this love with many of my girlfriends.) He is the cool, sort of 'bad boy' of the show and dresses the part. He is often sporting a denim jacket with a shearling collar or a plaid jacket in a similar style. As I continued watching Riverdale I was convinced I had to have one of Jughead's jackets. I remember when they were popular when I was living in Toronto 10 years ago. My old roommate and I were out shopping in Kensington Market and she found a vintage denim jacket with shearling that she quickly scooped up. I wasn't so sure of the trend then but I am now!
I picked this vintage Levi's denim and shearling jacket up a few weeks ago in Ucluelet at Gypsy Drifter. This local shop carries everything from vintage, to new clothes, skin care, houseware and even baby gifts. I was on a walk with Dave looking for cards for some friends and we stopped in at Gypsy Drifter to have a look. I saw the jacket and knew it was meant to be. I had my eye on one in February at Topshopwhile we were in Vancouver but I decided to leave it since it was a little expensive. I am so glad I did! Because this vintage Levi's jacket is so much better and such a unique find. I tried it on and bought it immediately since she didn't have any more at the shop. It is so warm and cozy but I can easily see it working as a piece that will shift into spring. I can't wait to wear it over a little floral dress and sneakers. For now I will be wearing it with jeans, a little Canadian tuxedo always looks good if done right. Here I paired it with a t-shirt I got in Thailand at Chatachuk Market, a plaid shirt from Aerie and black distressed jeans from American Eagle. A very 90's outfit and heavily inspired by Jughead's wardrobe. What are your thoughts on this recurring trend?
A few weekends ago Dave and I headed to Victoria to catch up with friends and family. While we were downtown shopping we managed to squeeze an afternoon coffee break with my mum in and the sun was shinning through our corner table. We stopped in at Habit for Cappuccinos and London Fogs and decided it was a great place for a quick fashion shoot. It was also the perfect pick me up to keep our shopping going. We were on the hunt for hiking apparel for the Camino de Santiago walk. I'm so excited to share our hiking adventure with you guys after we have completed it. We're planning on going at the end of May for two weeks through Portugal up into Spain. It is going to be difficult at times but something I have always wanted to do.
I can't wait for the weather to get a little bit warmed and I can wear this blouse more often (with less layers on top!) While we were in Pattaya visiting my sister I stopped in at Topshop at one of the shopping malls there and picked this top up. I loved the navy colour with the vibrant red lip print that paired so well together. The ruffle details and the tie around the waist make it a very feminine and playful top. I have been wearing it with my dark skinny jeans lately but here I decided to pair it with a looser pair of jeans with the raw hem to balance out the girliness of the top. I wore my trusty wool jacket over top and my navy velvet booties that I cannot get enough of. I bought them two Christmases ago in the sales in Dublin and they are still my favourite pair of shoes. I think when the weather starts to warm up this top would look great paired with a distressed pair of denim shorts and some slip on flats.
We Should Paint Everything Pink
If you know Vancouver, you know how grey it often can be. In 2016 Vancouver decided to turn a dreary grey alleyway into a bright pink and yellow lane of brightness. Located between Seymour and Granville, the road of the alley as well as the wall has been splashed with colour. They also attached basketball hoops to the walls in hopes to bring people there to enjoy it and play. I dragged Dave there Sunday morning after a weekend in Vancouver to see how it looked and it was so bright and sunny on a rainy and grey day.
I decided to pair my new favourite mini I got in Bangkok at Topshop with an oversized and worn looking sweater from Mark. The sweater is really nice and warm and goes great with black skinny jeans for a more casual look. I bought this skirt for my 30th birthday party, it's a fun and casual style but the added star studs make it unique. I paired it with a army green crop top for my party and loved the look. I think for a summer festival I will definitely be wearing it with an oversized concert tee.
I met Abbey in Italian class in my undergrad, so a few years ago now. We were paired up for a project and we both didn't know anyone else in the class. After talking for awhile we quickly realized we were doing the same major, Art History, and were actually in almost all the same classes. This quickly bloomed into a great friendship, one that is still going strong today. Abbey is not only a great friend that is so smart and inspiring in her work but also one of the most stylish women I know. Not only did we bond over our love of art but we bonded over our love of all things fashion. Needless to say I feel like she has inspired some of outfits over the years, this one especially. She has been wearing a great pair of overalls for awhile now and I have been on the search to find the perfect pair and I finally did!
This past weekend I was in Vancouver with Dave and my parents for a weekend away. It was nice to go to the city and get inspired again. We were there for just over 24 hours but I managed to cram as much as possible in, as I do whenever I go anywhere. We went to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Topshop, Sushi, a Canucks game, drinks with friends and the next morning for brunch before heading back to the island. I wore this outfit to visit the art gallery with my mum and we ran into Abbey, what were the chances! She immediately complemented me on my outfit because she had worn pretty much the same thing the day before. (Great minds think alike!)
I bought these overalls at Free People when Dave and I were visiting Portland a few weeks ago for my birthday and I am in love with them! They are so fun and easy to wear and immediately make any outfit look a little more on trend. I am already planning on wearing them with cute summer blouses in a couple months and mules. But for now I am layering them with turtlenecks for warmth and booties. Overalls seem to be coming back, it has been a slow trickle on the fashion scene but I think this year we will be seeing a lot more of them.
Trend: Baker Boy Hat
While visiting Portland for my birthday I had to visit the Free People store. After explaining to Dave why it was so important we make it a stop on our weekend away, he let me run wild in the store (which I practically did.) The last time I was in a Free People store was 5 years ago in Seattle with my mum and we both fell in love with it. I bought a beautiful red lace dress that I still have and I still wear to weddings and I still love it as much as I did when I bought it that day. However, this trip to Free People was for a specific reason, I wanted their overalls after drooling over them online for many months. I was in luck, they had a few colours left and they were 50% off, so really it was meant to be. I can't wait to share them with you on next weeks fashion post but let's stop there. Because after I decided on the overalls and Dave approved I did one last lap of the store (never a good idea.) I fell in love all over again with this Baker Boy hat.
I have been following this trend for some time now, a few of my friends picked up on it but not many and I just wasn't sure if it was going to be "too trendy," for me. However, after trying it on I fell even more in love with it and had to have it. Even Dave approved of it and let's just say he is not a fan of all my more fashionable pieces. I bought it with the overalls and a Pink Floyd tee (which you'll be seeing soon too because it is so cute.) So in the end my shopping trip got a little out of hand but it was my birthday weekend so I justified it.
The next day I had to wear it when we went around exploring Portland more. I paired it with an oversized cardigan from Topshop that is perfect for winter layering, a denim shirt from River Island, my favourite dark frayed jeans from Topshop and my burgundy leather Chelsea booties from Topshop. I love that a cute outfit was instantly brought up to a new level of stylish because of this hat. I am already planning so many outfits with it from midi dresses to shorts and tees for summer. This style of hat seems to be sticking around for awhile and I think we will still be seeing it into next winter too.
Je Suis A Vous
I wasn't going to blog today because I'm just feeling sort of out of it. However, I decided it would be the perfect day to share this amazingly bright wall that I made Dave walk through Portland, across a bridge to find. If you haven't noticed I have a thing with walls and I always try to scope out colourful ones for photos when I am traveling and this was on the list when we were in Portland.
If you aren't living in BC or haven't seen the news then you may not have heard that we had a Tsunami warning last night, well really early this am. Living in Ucluelet, you have to be aware that this could happen and last night was the first time we had to evacuate since moving here. I quickly realized we aren't as prepared as I would like to be so I am going to work on that. Luckily the tsunami never hit and we were sent back to the comfort of our warm beds. I am feeling very hazy and out of it today but also very thankful to be able to write this and for all of my readers to be able to read this. I hope that everyone reading this realizes how much I appreciate them and make sure to tell your loved ones that you love them and be grateful to be healthy today.
Now that I said all that let's talk about this outfit fashion post. I recently turned 30 so for my 30th birthday Dave took me to Portland. It was an amazing weekend and I can't wait to share with you what we did, where we ate and how much we loved it! It was such a beautiful city and the people were lovely. I was so excited to dress for this trip that I probably over packed but I love dressing up in the city or dressing down like I did here.
While we were in Thailand we did some shopping (obviously) and I picked up these white Nike sneakers. I have been on the black Nike sneaker train for so long I never thought I would go for an all white shoe. However, when I saw them I fell in love and didn't buy them right away that I made Dave go back with me to get them another day. They are so comfortable and I love pairing them with skinny jeans like I did here for a casual day look. But also with fun and flirty dresses, which I did in Thailand. I can't wait to wear them this spring and summer too. This outfit came together really well with a wool Topshop coat I got last year in London, a Topshop casual striped long sleeve, my Topshop dark frayed denim and another new addition to my wardrobe, my Danish backpack. My sister gave it to me for my birthday this year and I have not stopped using it. It is so versatile and can hold so much, I am in love. Some days even a casual outfit can look perfect pulled together with the right accessories.
This is my last week of blogging for 3 weeks while I'm on holiday in Thailand. Don't worry you can follow along on my Instagram: @jenneecostanzo as I will be updating often! Then when I come back to the island I will be sure to have a lot of posts about our travels in Thailand.
It took awhile for me to really feel like it was Christmas. Here in Ucluelet and Tofino there are so few "neighbourhood" areas with lots of lights I just wasn't feeling in the spirit. However, last week when I was home for a few days for a Christmas staff party it felt a lot like Christmas. I have been bundling up in this sweater from Zara ever since I got it as an early Christmas gift from Dave's brother, sister in law and niece. I absolutely love how oversized it is and plan on wearing it all winter long. I paired it here with my favourite dark skinny jeans and favourite black booties. I brought in some colour to echo the forest green I was surrounded by with my handmade Italian leather bag. I've had it for a few years now, gifted to me by one of my best friends who's always traveling the world and bringing me the best gifts from all her travels. This will be my go to look over the next few months, maybe switching out the jeans and booties for leather pants and sneakers.
Dave and I had our first weekend without visitors or a trip planned in some time (probably 6 months.) We aren't complaining, we have loved the visitors but it was nice to just explore Ucluelet on our own for once. Saturday we decided to finally explore this housing development that never got built in Ucluelet called Wynd and Sea. It's sort of like a ghost town, with no houses built. So just a road that goes through the forest and winds around. I could imagine how beautiful the development could have been but it was also fun to just walk through with no one around. Of course I was a scaredy cat as always when there is potential for people living in the bush or wildlife. Dave managed to convince me to walk through most of it and we ended up on a little private beach, which was definitely worth it. After almost a month of rain, this sunny day was very welcome and it was nice exploring with each other. We headed to Zoe's Bakery and Cafe after to warm up with coffees and snacks. The perfect Saturday!
I paired this cozy knit cardigan I have been living in at work from the GAP with a silk tank I ordered from Topshop a few months back. I love how simple and cozy this cardigan is but if paired with a cute tank or dress it still looks great and a little more dressed up. This tank top is beautiful and so comfortable. I like wearing it with a lace bralette underneath from Aerie so I don't have to worry about bra straps, with the intentional look of it peeping through. Paired with skinny jeans it was the perfect outfit for a fun Saturday exploring, a little casual but still cute. Although I complain about this time of year and the cold, I love cozying up in something knit and warm.
This past weekend Dave and I were in Victoria visitings friends and family. It was a much needed break from the craziness that has been November so far. I thought once summer ended and it slowed down on the west coast I would slow down, but that is far from the truth. When we were back home we managed to squeeze in a few visits with friends and I was able to spend time with family, which was really needed. On Saturday I wore this recently purchased sweater dress from American Eagle with my Steve MaddenOver the Knee suede boots that I bought last season but still adore. A simple and cozy dress was instantly elevated when I paired it with my boots. We had brunch at new The Ruby on Johnson, which I would highly recommend! Then we walked around the city taking it all in. As much as I love my life up on the West Coast I still crave the busyness of the city. We walked past some of my favourite little boutiques, more to come on that later this week! Now that it really feels like winter has come, what are you staying warm and cozy in?
Dressed Up Plaid
This mural of surfboards has been in the making for a little while now. Every time I drive by, the artists added something more, whether it was the outline of the boards or the great colours. It's nice to see something so colourful in town, especially on those very grey days we can get at this time of year on the wild and wet West Coast. Once the surfboards and paddle boards were finally finished I dragged Dave over to do a little West Coast themed shoot.
The weather dropped significantly the second it hit November and I have found myself reaching for toques, gloves and big scarves ever since. I'm even looking at buying a puffer jacket since it feels so much cooler here than in Victoria. You may recognize this plaid top from my Lusting After post. I recently purchased it online from Zara and absolutely love it. It's cozy and comfy like any other plaid, however, the bejeweled top give it a little something extra. On this cold afternoon I styled it with my favourite toque from River Island, my faux leather jacket from Topshop and my favourite jeans of the moment, also from Topshop. Although this look is quite casual, I definitely could see myself pairing this plaid shirt with a black leather mini for a night out for drinks. The top is the perfect mix of pretty and grunge.
Stars & Stripes
Spring hasn't quite sprung here in Tofino so I am still living in my favourite turtlenecks and boots. The embellished denim trend that was seen on last years Fall/Winter runways has gained some serious momentum this Spring. From embroidered, studded or frayed jeans, there are numerous varieties for everyone to choose from. I'm still holding onto my skinny jeans, however, I'm excited to try the new denim styles. I bought these GAP Star Studded Girlfriend jeans this past winter and have been wearing them every chance I get. I've paired these jeans with a casual tee and sneakers for daytime errands, or with a turtleneck for a cute look, like I did here. I'm looking forward to wearing them with a bodysuit once the weather warms up for an outdoor event this summer. I've also picked up an embroidered pair of jeans from the GAP that I love. Next on my list is to pick up a pair of the frayed 'Frankenstein' style denim I've seen on so many street style bloggers.
Although Victoria comes to a stand still when it snows and it drives most of us crazy, it is quite something. Since I couldn't get to a workout after the first dumping of snow, Dave and I decided to go for a walk in the evening. It was so peaceful out, hardly anyone walking around and no cars to be seen and it was a really beautiful night. Of course after we enjoyed looking at it, we had to play with it and we ended up coming home, freezing cold and soaking wet but warmed up with some hot cocoa.
Dressing for the snow can be hard, trust me I lived in Toronto for a year and struggled with it for a whole season. However, if you have the right coat and boots you're fine. I do not have either anymore since moving back almost ten years ago, but I made do with my mum's parka and my Hunter boots. You can't beat a warm, cozy knit when it's cold outside and my Aran sweater Dave's aunt knit for me was the perfect piece to keep me warm.
Can't get enough of Corduroy
Who knew corduroy would come back into fashion? I remember wearing it as a kid and absolutely hating it! Now here I am, as an adult, in love with the fabric! As you've already seen on the blog, I have corduroy dungarees as well as this skirt, which I'm so glad I invested in because I wear it more than anything else in my closet.
I wore this outfit when Dave and I were visiting Dublin's city centre. I like this skirt, not only for its versatility but I find it quite flattering. Here I dressed it down with a turtleneck and tights, perfect for a cold winter day. However, in the past I have paired it with a crop top for a music festival in the summer, as well as with heels and a blouse for a night out. This style of skirt with the buttons down the front has had a major resurgence in the fashion industry. It reminds me of 60's and 70's styles of miniskirts, with a modern twist. With high street brands like Topshop, Zara, American Eagle, H&M, and River Island, carrying lots of different styles it is easy to get your hands on one and you should, especially for Spring, which is just around the corner!
Dressing for the Brits
Although my time in London was quick, three days is not long enough! I was inspired everywhere I looked, from styles seen on the streets of London, to the shop windows, everywhere I looked I got excited about a new trend. Victoria has a great and growing fashion scene, however, nothing can beat one of the Fashion capitals of the world. Here people express their style in so many unique ways you can't help but get inspired yourself. A major trend I noticed was faux fur, from the trim on a jacket, to a scarf, it was a major fashion statement for Winter '16/'17. I adopted this trend in a coat I picked up while in London from Topshop. Every time I am in the UK I immediately head for the first Topshop I see, and I have to admit I picked a few items up from there in both Ireland and London. I wore the coat for a day trip into the city where Dave and I enjoyed some tourist attractions like the National Gallery, Borough Market and London Bridge.
I'm sure you've noticed the choker trend, and if you haven't well either you're a man or living under a rock. I wasn't sure if I could embrace the trend that first came around when I was a kid (remember those black plastic ones we all wore during the Spice Girls phase?). Well I have fully embraced the trend and am not turning back. Currently I have a collection of four, all by my favourite jewelry designer Zaleska. Each piece is unique and can be worn with an array of outfits. Here are a few photographs of how I like to style my chokers, thanks to Zaleska for always designing new and exciting versions (and making me fall in love with them).
Check out http://www.zaleska.ca/ for more choker options and check back next week for my interview with Zaleksa for our Christmas Gift Guide #3.
It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
This past weekend some of my friends and I braved the weather and headed to Oak Bay Avenue for the annual Oak Bay Light Up. This has been a tradition of mine for years now so rain or shine had to make it. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to wear a wintry outfit paired with Christmas theme nails. I have been after a turtleneck for some time now and found the perfect one for layering from Topshop. Here I paired it with a burgundy corduroy pinafore dress which reminded me of my childhood closet (Oh how the trends always come back). When I first bought this dress I found it difficult to wear, however, in this chilly weather I find layering it with opaque tights and my new turtleneck, to be absolutely perfect.