Monday, 31 December 2012

Holiday [Faux] Fur

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing Urban Outfitters leopard faux fur coat, Topshop tulip black dress, Collette black clutch, BCBG patent black leather heels, Zara leopard necklace.

Happy New Year's Eve!! I'm really looking forward to having champagne cocktails with some amazing friends tonight. I've got a pretty sparkly dress and hopefully I will be able to convince Ollie to take a couple of photos before we head out.

The dress that I'm wearing in these photos is the one that I wore to Ollie's Christmas party a couple of weeks ago. I was thinking this was a good option if I didn't find anything for tonight, but I thought it wasn't quite sequiny enough so I'm glad I found something else.

I hope you have an amazing NYE! I have a very good feeling about 2013 :)

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Leather Sleeves

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing Zara camel coat with leather sleeves, Zara black wax coated denim, Zara leopard print boots, Botkier silver treated leather bag, Stella and Dot renegade cluster bracelet, True Worth Design bronze bead bracelet, J Crew blue and gold bangle, Olivia Solie Jewelry triangle necklace

After all of the Christmas activities, it's nice to have a bit of a break and take advantage of doing absolutely nothing. And this is exactly what I am doing today -- nothing. I had a huge sleep-in and am on my third cup of coffee. The perfect morning... Actually, at some point I do need to venture outside to hunt for the perfect NYE dress. We will be going to a nice dinner party, so some classy sparkles are in order. And since I've left it to the last minute, I can no longer buy it online (Eek!). Clearly, this is a pretty huge dilemma, so if anyone has any suggestions of a good spot for party dresses in Vancouver, please let me know!

Oh yes, about this look. Isn't this the best jacket ever? I am so in love with the faux leather sleeves. It looks like I am the master of layering, when in fact it's Zara who is the genius. I bought this before the boxing day sales because I knew it would be one of the first things to go and I know what those lines are like at Zara on boxing day. Total madness. I saw a photo on the morning of the 26th and was happy that I already had my pretty coat at home, safe and sound :)

Another on of my new favourites is this pretty necklace by Olivia Solie Jewelry. I love simple items like this that you can wear everyday. There is something so appealing about triangles and the best part is the little cross that is stamped into the bronze (you can just make it out in the close-up). I got some earrings in the same style and I love the little details like this. She sells her jewelry at XO Bella in Kits and online here

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxox
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Subtle Sequins

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing Forever 21 faux leather jacket, Forever 21 Striped sequin top, Botkier Silver Bag, Zara Boyfriend Jeans, Topshop Western Boots

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Ollie and I spent it on Vancouver Island with my family and had an amazing relaxing couple of days. I wish we could have spent a little more time there to visit more friends and family, but I'm happy with whatever I can get.

This morning, we had a good sleep in and then made the rounds to do some last minute visits. I wanted to still be in the holiday spirit, so I opted for some sequins. I feel like these are quite subtle for sequins (if there is such a thing) and I toned them down with boyfriend jeans, a leather jacket and my new boots! Ollie got these for me and I'm so in love with them. These babies are definitely going to get a lot of use.

So now it's back to work and time to look forward to New Year's Eve! I still have to find something to wear...

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Monday, 24 December 2012

One More Day!

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing XO Bella sweater, H&M burgundy jeans, Sportsgirl Sneaker Wedges, Urban Outfitters Beenie, Olivia Solie Necklaces. J Crew, Stella&Dot and True Worth Design bracelets

Christmas is so close, I can't believe how quickly it came! We realized that we hadn't taken nearly enough holiday photos, so yesterday Ollie and I went on a hunt to take some Christmas Tree photos and it was no easy task. It was raining a little too much for the ones outdoors and then we got asked to stop taking photos of this pretty one at Shaw Towers. Can you believe that? Why wouldn't they want us taking photos of their pretty tree? The security guard was a bit of a Scrooge I suppose. We did manage to sneak a few in and I'm happy we did! 

I'm wearing my new necklaces from Olivia Solie Jewelry and I really wish that I got some close-ups of them. I've got a few in my next outfit post, so I'll show you some better shots then. Check out her site in the meantime, she's got the prettiest pieces!

What are your plans for the holidays? Wherever you are, I hope that you are having a wonderful time :)
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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Sparkles for New Year's Eve

NYE Dresses



Party dress / Mesh dress / Matthew Williamson sequin dress / Short dress / Topshop metallic cocktail dress / Alice + Olivia alice olivia dress / Mango print dress / AllSaints print dress / Diesel sequin dress

Like most people I know, I feel that New Year's Eve never really lives up to the hype. But this doesn't mean that I have given up on it completely. I would never turn my nose up at a day on which wearing a sparkly dress is practically mandatory! This year, we're going to do it classy: fancy restaurant, lots of food in multiple course, and champagne at midnight. For the occasion I am on the hunt for the perfect dress. In my mind, the perfect dress means sparkly and short, while remaining classy and cute. I think the options above are all absolutely perfect. Now I just have to choose one!

What are your plans for NYE? Will you be wearing a sparkly dress?
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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Sweaters

Christmas Sweaters


     

This year, I really want to have a fun Christmas sweater to wear on Christmas day. I imagine myself being so cozy by my parent's fireplace, drinking a big cup of coffee and eating my body weight in chocolates. It just wouldn't be the same without a fun cheesy sweater to complete the fantasy. It can't be at all tight because I plan on having a gigantic food baby, and it can't be expensive because it will most likely only be worn the once. But sometimes these purchases are so worth it :)

Which one is your favourite?
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Coco & Yves

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing XO Bella Coco & Yves grey sweater, Zara black coated skinny jeans, Zara leopard print boots, Stella & Dot, True Worth Design and J Crew Bracelets

My favourite part about the holidays is definitely getting into the spirit of being a kid again. Decorating the house, putting gifts under the tree and decorating the Christmas cookies! I couldn't believe that I had never actually put together a gingerbread house before, but now I can see why my parents had never bought one for us -- it's surprisingly difficult... My brother bought a gingerbread train and, well, you will see the results... Close enough? I think so!

It was inevitable that we would be getting our hands dirty at their party (especially since mulled wine was involved) so I dressed in my new sweater from XO Bella. I knew it could withstand a little flour and sugar mishaps during our baking extravaganza. Plus, it's just so cute! This sweater is a part of XO Bella's new line and I can tell that I'm going to be completely addicted to this one. Especially at their amazing prices :)
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Studded Cross

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing XO Bella gold studded cross sweater dress and Zara black suede ankle booties

I think we're getting much better at the indoor photos! This is totally necessary because it has been raining non-stop in Vancouver for about 3 months straight -- very difficult for a blogger. The key is just to have lots of light (obviously) but we needed way more than I had imagined. And then more brightening in photoshop too. I'm sure we'll have it perfected just as summer comes along :)

I really love this sweater dress. I'm not usually drawn to apparel with crosses, but I really loved the shiny gold studs and the shoulder cut-out on this one. I bought it in a size up so that it would be a looser fit, but I think it's meant to be worn a little tighter. I'm sure that it would look super cute either way.

Now Ollie and I are off to a Christmas cookie decorating party! xoxox
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Botkier Bag

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing United Colours of Benetton, grey coat, Aritzia grey sweater, Botkier silver leather bag

This super casual look was perhaps not worthy of a blog post, but I really wanted to show you my gorgeous new Botkier bag! I love the silver leather and it is the perfect size that it fits the essentials, but not so big that you end up carrying your entire life around in it.

These photos were taken on Sunday, when Ollie and I were running around getting our Christmas tree and decorations. I'll make sure to show you that fun stuff later!

I hope you have an amazing Wednesday. xoxox
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Monday, 10 December 2012

Jewelled Collar

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, wearing Sugarlips Embedded Jewels Top, Forever 21 faux leather jacket, Zara brocade baroque skirt, Zara black ankle boots, Urban Outfitters spiked black leather bag, Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet, True Worth Design bronze bead bracelet, and J Crew blue and gold bangle

I received this top from Sugarlips right before my birthday and I'm so in love with it! The jewels on the collar are so adorable -- they are much larger than the average embellishment on a collar and I love the uniqueness of it. I wanted to create a bit of a look that had a mix of sweet and tough at the same time. These are always my favourite sort of looks :)

And now for the important part: the winner of the Stella & Dot Giveaway! The winner is Kate from the blog O My Heart. Thank you so much to everyone for entering!
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Friday, 7 December 2012

Oh, Seattle...


We didn't get the chance to take many photos during our trip to Seattle last weekend, but we did snap a couple in our room on the first night. I'm still in my travel/shopping outfit -- which means the most comfortable thing possible. I love this city and it has become a bit of a mini tradition for Ollie and I to spend my birthday weekend here. Such amazing shopping, food and company. What more could a girl want on her special day?
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

November Looks



I can't believe it's already December! I think I say this every month, but December is my favourite one so I get really excited for it. Christmas and my birthday in one month! All the good things :)

I hope you like my looks from November. Which one is your favourite?

And don't forget to enter my BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY! You could win this amazing Renegade Cluster Bracelet by Stella & Dot. Good luck!

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!


I'm so happy to do my very first giveaway on my birthday! And I'm even happier that I'm able to give away one of my very favourite accessories of the moment -- the Renegade Cluster Bracelet by Stella & Dot. I've joined forces with the amazing and sooo helpful Katherine, who has so graciously allowed me to do this for my lovely readers.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, December 9th and the winner will be announced on Monday, December 10th. Good luck!
(See below for details)

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