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Monday, April 14, 2014

Embellish Me

Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Photos by Kyler Kelly

Lightinthebox sweater/Michael Kors boots/lia sophia necklace/old leggings

Who doesn't love a piece that can multi-task? Every woman should own a couple of good ol' fashioned embellished tops. They aren't just tops, they aren't just jewelry, they're both! One of my go-tos is this Lightinthebox number, which instantly turns what could be a plain sweater dress into a knock-out number. Pairing an brown sweater dress with black leggings and sleek leather boots could potentially make this look take a somber turn, but the jewels and beading are the perfect feminine rocker touch to really elevate the ensemble from boring to bold. And the cherry on top in this happily eclectic marriage is this hardcore pearl necklace gifted to us by the jewelry company lia sophia, soon to be celebrating their 5th anniversary. I have a soft spot for pearls and this young, edgy, stylized version of a typical pearl necklace really speaks to my love of blending looks for a more intriguing outcome. Some daring combos are better left in the closet than on the streets (I'm sorry, but very few people can pull off the electric blue eye shadow, fuchsia lipstick and leopard-print bodysuit) but I really love the romantic edginess this look embodies. Fashion is a fine line...a squiggly line that goes all over the place, but fine nonetheless!
                                                                           

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sugar Shackin' Chic

sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
Hat and Necklace: Vintage / Coat: Target / Leggings: American Apparel / Boots: Wal-Mart / Handbag: Michael Kors / Sunglasses: F21 / Tops: Joe Fresh and Sirens

The sugar shack (aka cabane à sucre) will always have a special place in the heart of Bouquet of Frocks. After all, it's where the blog was born and it's our baby's first birthday in only a few weeks. Time flies!
The sugar shack outing is not a particularly fancy occasion so I tried to fashion a look that was cozy, comfortable and with a touch of chic. There's nothing like a great fur collar on a coat to amp up an outfit...in this case, faux fur. It's also really important to wear some sort of rubber footwear because it can get pretty moist and muddy up there especially with all the snow melting. In fact, that's how this outfit came together, it all started with the boots and then voilà! Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend, Frockers!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Packing Woes

Photos by Kyler Kelly

F21 shirt, headband, purse/Le Château pants/H&M sweater/Winners scarf/thrifted flats

I don't know about you, but I hate packing and I especially hate travel packing. How can one possibly account for all fashion necessities in one carry-on and one checked bag? The worst is when the range of temperature will be at least a 30 degree difference. Down coat? Sandals? Wool sweater? Crop top? What's a girl to do...

I've learned that layering is key. Case-in-point, one of my most well-worn combos during my whirlwind trip to China recently: black pants and a classic chambray shirt. Not only do black pants go with everything, but pairing it with a chambray shirt is an easy way to kick casual travel comfort up a notch. And for those chillier days, I just layered on a cozy sweater or draped a scarf over my shoulders and called it a day.

P.S. I've really gotten into "waist purses" aka FANNY PACKS! There's really nothing better for hands-free traipsing around the globe. There's just enough room to fit a passport, a phone, some lipgloss and a sense of adventure.
                                                                

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Very Long Engagement

fur hat army green jacket leopard cardigan riding boots
fur hat army green jacket leopard cardigan riding boots
fur hat army green jacket leopard cardigan riding boots
Hat: Custom Made / Jacket: Thrifted / Scarf: H&M / Jeans: J Brand / Cardigan: Target / Boots: Etienne Aigner / Handbag: Michael Kors

The army green jacket is a style that seems to reappear every season and for me, it is most definitely a staple. This particular army jacket I'm wearing is actually both thrifted and a hand-me-down. The jacket was first spotted at our local Village des Valeurs (french for thrift store) where I was shopping with a friend. We inevitably both fell in love with it and found ourselves in a difficult situation. I decided that whoever the jacket looked best on would take it home. Needless to say, I lost this contest as I was up against a redhead...and we all know what the colour green does for redheads. Five years later, when said friend was ready to give up the jacket, I finally inherited it. Don't you just love clothing with a story? A big thank you to my friend Vanessa for passing this jacket down to me :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Cape Crusader

Photos by Kyler Kelly


I really can't say enough about the benefits of a good cape when traveling. There's nothing quite so enchanting and surprisingly versatile. You don't need punchy colours, heavy accessories or second-guesses. It elevates itself into the fashion stratosphere.


I recently went on a trip to China and this number really came through for me. Whether it was paired simply with jeans, a short shift dress or knee-socks and booties, I didn't spend a single sight-seeing day feeling dowdy. Despite the simplicity of the colour and design, the whole idea of a cape just adds intrigue to any outfit. In order to steer clear of the potentially frumpy silhouette, I made sure my legs were always well-defined in some classic skinny jeans or shorter hem-lined dresses. And for those brisker days, I threw on a dusty rose scarf and wool gloves. Granted, a cape may not be the best choice if the mercury drops below the double digits, but this beauty got me from Beijing to Guangzhou in style. What are your favourite travel must-haves?
                                                                

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Jean Jacket

Jean Jacket: H&M / Skirt: Target / Hat: F21 / Scarf: Joe Fresh / Boots: Michael Kors

The time is here! I can finally start wearing my favourite spring item, the jean jacket! Even if I have to layer on my furry scarf and my wool hat, I'm going for it, frockers. I've also incorporated a little floral skirt to drive the point home, it's time for spring fashion and we ain't lookin' back!

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