Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wishlist: Black Cross Body Bags

1. Rag & Bone Enfield Bag // 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Schooly Bag // 3. Helmut Lang Chasma Bag // 4. Pour la Victoire Soiree Cross Body Bag // 5. Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Bag // 6. Tory Burch Mercer Cross Body Bag // 7. Phillip Lim Soleil Mini Chain Shoulder Bag //8. Alexander Wang Marion Cross Body Bag // 9. Phillip Lim Cash Only Bag

I've been on a bit of an obsessive hunt for the perfect black cross body bag lately and these are the ones that I've narrowed it down to. Unfortunately, I don't have thousands of dollars to spend, but I would still like something of great quality and I think that each of these hit the mark on that. What is your opinion? Which one do you like best?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Still Hanging On

I know I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I probably wouldn't be posting any more summer looks, but the weather has gotten even better so it seems as though there will be a few more to come yet. I am all for fall fashion, but winter lasts so long in Canada that it's nice to get as much out of these warm days as we can. Once the cold hits, it's tights and long pants for about 9 months. The best part is that we can get away without coats for even longer! I mean, coats are great and everything, but they make it almost impossible for a blogger to show off their looks. It becomes all about the coat and those things are not cheap. So yes, I will enjoy these summer looks for as long as I possibly can.

That being said, it is the start of Vancouver Fashion Week today so my looks will probably be changing a bit. Last night was the Opening Gala, which I decided to skip, but I can't wait for the shows to start today. I missed the lovely Olya's presentation last night, but I was lucky enough to get a first-hand look at the collection on Sunday, so I don't mind too much. I seem to have left everything until the super last minute this season, so I don't really have any outfits planned at all. I am also on a bit of a self-imposed shopping ban so this is going to be very interesting. I might just have to make an exception and get one or two things...

Back to the look... I wore this combo on the weekend for a walk and lunch with Ollie. We did a nice long walk along the water and it was such a beautiful day for it. It was actually so hot that I had wished I had worn a tank top!
I don't know about you, but sandals are my ultimate most comfortable choice in footwear. There is something so restricting in closed shoes for me and I usually avoid them all summer long. I do love the look of boots with a mini, but when it comes to comfort -- sandals always win.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Tie One On

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing an Urban Outfitters white tank, Zara leather shorts, Aritzia Plaid Top, Sam Edelman Boots and RayBan Aviators
 Nope, not talking about drinking! I'm talking about my current obsession with tying flannel tops around the waist. It's pretty much impossible to predict whether it will be warm enough to get away without the extra layer, so I have decided that this is my new style and I'm sticking to it. And it has worked without fail so far!
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing an Urban Outfitters white tank, Zara leather shorts, Aritzia Plaid Top, Sam Edelman Boots and RayBan Aviators
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing an Urban Outfitters white tank, Zara leather shorts, Aritzia Plaid Top, Sam Edelman Boots and RayBan Aviators
 I wore this look to a blogger meet-up yesterday (hosted by the beautiful Natalie from Interlaced Media) and it was so gorgeous out I actually didn't need the extra layer -- which was all the better because this look worked much better with the top around my waist :)
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing an Urban Outfitters white tank, Zara leather shorts, Aritzia Plaid Top, Sam Edelman Boots and RayBan Aviators

Friday, 12 September 2014

Sheer Lace in Mexico

Happy Friday! I hope you're having an amazing week. Mine has been so great -- sometimes all you need is a change of pace and routine to give you a new lease on life. I felt as though I was becoming a bit too pessimistic and unenthusiastic -- especially when I feel that I have always been so care-free and easy going in life. I didn't feel like myself and it was beginning to wear on me, but all I really needed was to remove myself from a toxic environment and I already feel so much better! As a Sagittarius (and natural wanderer), I have never been good at feeling tied down or "stuck". I need freedom and creativity in my life and now that I have that possibility, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don't know exactly what will come of this stage in my life, but it feels good right now. I'm happy and that's what the point of all this is, isn't it? I've always tried to remind myself to enjoy every moment, but lately that was seeming harder and harder. Hopefully now I will be able to put it into practice and get back to my old self. I can already feel it coming.
These are my final photos from Mexico and I'm sad that it has come to an end! We still have plenty of footage for a video (which I can't wait to finish), but this was our last night there. I wanted to finally show this dress the way it was meant to be and I just love the romantic sheer lace. Isn't it such a beautiful piece? It reminds me of all the Stone Cold Fox dresses that I am so obsessed with right now. This is a much more affordable version but I feel that it is just as beautiful. I wish I could walk down the street like this, but I'm afraid I don't have the confidence for it.
These are probably also my last summer photos, so I feel as though I need to savor them. I'm so not ready for fall...

Thursday, 11 September 2014

How To Look Flattering in Loose Clothes

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
 Hello and happy Thursday! This is the last set of photos that we took from the long weekend and I feel like this is one of the times that has really revitalized me lately. It's amazing to have friends that not only support you, but want to help out with brainstorming ideas and suggestions -- feeding into all the millions of ideas I have buzzing around my head right now. I had so many great takeaways from this weekend and I can't wait to start implementing them. Nothing too drastic, just a way to keep the content fresh and interesting for all of you!

This particular weekend was all about spending time with friends in comfort and relaxation, so I went with a flowy peasant top and destroyed boyfriend jeans for our last day. The key with a look like this is to make sure that the fit of each item helps to flatter you, rather make you look bigger. This look could have easily been oversized and sloppy, but a couple of details keep the entire look more streamlined.

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
First of all, the shoulders of the top are cut in a way that hugs the shape of my arm before it flows out. If this top had puffy shoulders, it could have easily made me look like a marshmallow, but this cut shows where my shoulders end to slim me down.
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
Next, even thought the pants are relaxed boyfriend jeans, the hips of them are nice and snug to show a bit of my shape. The legs are nice and loose and the absolute must with bf jeans is the cuffed ankle. This glimpse of the leg shows that you are in fact much skinnier than the loose fit of the jeans and is the number one key to looking thinner in baggy jeans. No matter how big you feel that your ankles are -- they are always going to be thinner than your bf jean, and that is where the illusion occurs.
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
You can even wear a bootie like I did here -- just make sure to show a sliver of that skin!
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top, One Teaspoon Jeans, Vince Camuto Tan suede booties, Rayban Aviators

I was wearing:

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Top
Olivia Solie & Sam Edelman Necklaces
Daniel Wellington Watch (get 15% off with code "stylingmylife")

Also, don't forget to enter the One Fated Knight leather tote giveaway! You have until the 21st of September, but it's best to enter now so that you don't forget :)

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

OFK Leather Tote Giveaway!

I have got pretty much the best news for you ever!! I have teamed up with One Fated Knight to give away their Marquess Tote that I am absolutely obsessed with. I have been using this bag pretty much every single day since I received it and I am so happy that I am able to give one away to one of you for making my dreams a reality. It comes in either black or cognac (pictured here) and I think that either one is a good choice. The bag retails for $238 and is truly affordable luxury at its best.

I wanted to show you how versatile the bag is for either work or play, so I've styled two looks for this post. You can seriously fit everything in this bag -- a change of shoes, camera, tablet... the list goes on. And the best part (well, other than the gorgeous design and unbelievably soft leather) is how light it is! It doesn't kill your shoulder like most other bags and those of you that walk a lot like I do, know exactly why this is maybe the most important thing ever. 

I really hope you'll enter the giveaway! It's super easy -- all you have to do is follow me on twitter here, follow One Fated Knight on Pinterest here and pin one image from this post to your Pinterest page with the hashtag #OFKxSML (there's a pin-it button at the bottom of this post).

The giveaway will close on Sunday the 21st of September and we will announce the winner on the next day. Good luck! You are just going to love it. xoxo

Monday, 8 September 2014

Recharge

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Free People sweater, Urban Outfitters lace shorts, birkenstock black sandals, Sam Edelman Necklace and Daniel Wellington Watch
Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend. I've been living vicariously through everyone at NYFW and am so determined to go next season. I had really hoped to go this time, but unfortunately it didn't work out. And I'm so sad that it didn't! The shows are looking so incredible and the weather looks perfect and really I just miss New York so much. Yes, next season for sure. 

Today is my first day as a self-employed person and I feel as though I've got a good jump on the day. I woke up at my regular work time and showered and put on real clothes as if I was really going to work. I know I could easily just stay in my pjs all day, but I don't want to get into that rut. Once I start that, I may never stop! And then what kind of fashion blogger would I be? The one thing that I am missing is coffee. There's just something about a cup of coffee on the desk that makes the day so much better. I suppose this means I'm going to be a coffee drinker again... Maybe I'll just stock up on Kombucha instead :)

These photos are from another set that was taken on the long weekend at our friends' cabin. Ollie and I took a walk along the beach and had the entire place to ourselves. I love hidden areas like this -- they remain so untouched and you feel as though you are the only ones there. It's so different to the overcrowded beaches in Vancouver and this is the exact reason that Ollie and I like to get out of the city as often as possible in the summer. There's nothing like fresh air and a little peace and quiet to recharge the batteries.
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Free People sweater, Urban Outfitters lace shorts, birkenstock black sandals, Sam Edelman Necklace and Daniel Wellington Watch
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Free People sweater, Urban Outfitters lace shorts, birkenstock black sandals, Sam Edelman Necklace and Daniel Wellington Watch
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a Free People sweater, Urban Outfitters lace shorts, birkenstock black sandals, Sam Edelman Necklace and Daniel Wellington Watch