Friday, 19 September 2014

How to Transition from Work to a Fashion Event

On my second day of Vancouver Fashion Week, I actually had to go straight from a shift of work I had picked up. I find it next to impossible to dress for both a corporate environment and a fashion event, but when it must be done, it must be done. I decided on these cropped and flared pants that I love so much and a simple striped button-up. The tote was an absolute necessity for packing a change of shoes and my camera.

And don't forget that I'm actually giving away one of these gorgeous bags! The contest ends at midnight Pacific time on Sunday, so make sure to enter asap. Find all the details here.
When trying to dress for both work and fashion, I try to have some detail that is a little different to your ordinary slacks and blouse. The ultra high waist and cropped wide legs are a just quirky enough, but not too over the top for a conservative work environment.
For such a simple look, I decided to wear my favorite classic jewelry from KVBijou and my Daniel Wellington Watch. Also, you can still get 15% off your Daniel Wellington order until September 30th with the code "stylingmylife".
I can't even tell you how much stuff I packed into this bag for the day. I even went shopping (oops!) and that was shoved in there on top of the change of shoes, camera, notebook, wallet and makeup. It was such a life-saver!
I was wearing:

Zara Top
One Fated Knight Bag

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Simplistic

I love a good clean look. Tuesday was my first day of Vancouver Fashion Week and I decided to go with a completely simplistic style. This has been more my mood as of late and I love the clean lines that a good monochrome look can give. It might not be your typical fashion week outfit, but I feel that the trend lately has gone towards this and I, for one, am happy about it. Today I went quite minimal again, but I still haven't decided what the rest of the week will bring. I should really prepare more for these things!
The key to a good simplistic look is to have clean lines in the items. I love the black trim along the neck and shoulders, it really emphasizes the cut.
I just love the cut of the shoulders on this top -- it is truly is so flattering and a great way to be sexy without having to show much skin at all. As I'm sure you've noticed -- I reserve most skin display for my legs. It's just what I'm most comfortable with.

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