Keeping Time

August 28, 2014

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Nothing lasts forever, which is both the blessing and the curse of time. I always sense this the most towards the end of August. I want to cling to summer but I’m excited for fall and the changes it always brings with it. The days are getting noticeably shorter and if you look closely you’ll see a few leaves starting to change colour. September is ingrained in my psyche as a month of promise and opportunity. It’s when I put the lackadaisical attitude of summer away and face the world head on.

While time is inherently fleeting, it can be serendipitous too. Just a few weeks ago I published my August Wishlist on which I shared a classic watch I’d been eyeing for a while. Not two weeks later I received a lovely email from a representative at Daniel Wellington, the Swedish timepiece designer, offering the opportunity to collaborate and feature that very same watch. Talk about perfect timing!

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Daniel Wellington is a relatively new watch brand based out of Sweden with a design philosophy based on simplicity, quality and class with a timeless aesthetic. The collection (for both men and women) offers a range of practical, elegant and sophisticated styles, each with a variety of interchangeable bands. Who doesn’t like a lot of chic and a little versatility? I was drawn in by the Classic Sheffield Lady as I’ve long been looking for a simple, large faced, low profile watch with a sleek black leather band. Since it arrived I’ve worn it every day. It gets more supple and comfortable with each wear and it’s a luxury to always know the time with just a turn of the wrist.

I’m very pleased to offer my readers 15% off any Daniel Wellington watch with the code “STYLEBEE” from now until September 30th. Take a look and see if one might suit your fancy. 

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Watch c/o Daniel Wellington // Chambray shirt old Similar, Similar // Jeans JBrand // Hat J.Crew // Shoes old from Madewell love these // Sunnies RayBan // Bag old J.Crew

Photos by my classic fella, Dave Ruhl.

The Jumpsuit

August 26, 2014

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All spring and summer I searched for the perfect ‘wedding guest’ dress but in the end, despite formidable efforts, I never found one. Instead I found this amazing black jumpsuit that is everything a dress could be and more. Literally though, it’s also pants!

I was smitten the moment I spotted it but it wasn’t quite within the price range I had in mind. I wavered and waffled and wavered some more and finally bit the bullet. The next day it arrived and the moment I unveiled it, I knew I’d made the right call. It’s just stunning! There are layers on layers of gorgeous, gauzy crepe silk, which give it an incredible weight and presence and the simple pleating and skinny straps add just the touch of sharp, chic glamour it needs.

I was then faced with the task of accessorizing. I didn’t want to wear anything that might compete but I didn’t want to underserve the ‘suit’ either. I chose my Primecut clutch, statement earrings, simple rings and a bird cuff I’ve had for years. It’s rare to feel equal parts elegant and sexy in an outfit but this one definitely delivered.

Now I’m not sure if it was the occasion (two amazing people getting married), the company, the wine or the jumpsuit itself but I’ve never had more fun in an outfit than I did in this one. I’ll be bringing this wide legged wonder out for two more weddings this year and I’m already desperate to hit the dance floor again!

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Jumpsuit Club Monaco // Clutch Primecut // Shoes old from Zara (similar, similar) // Earrings Biko // Bird Bangle old from NastyGal (love, love) // Nails Butter London

Photos by my plus one for life, Dave Ruhl.

Soda Vase

August 22, 2014

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It seems as though everyone I talk to these days is ‘swamped’. I don’t know about you but I’m certainly sick of hearing the phrase “I’m so busy!” and I’m usually the person saying it, which has got to be a sign! Anyway, the bottom-line is that I haven’t had much time to work on blog content for the last few weeks but I wanted to share a few snaps of these fabulous Italian Soda bottles. I picked them up during lunch with my Mum a little while ago and they have the loveliest blue hue and elegant shape. We had a great lunch, the soda was delicious (not too sugary) and I got to bring home two new vases and some gorgeous hydrangeas for the house. I’m trying to savour these little mementos when everyday is a whirlwind of emails and deadlines. The good news is that despite my lack of devotion, Style Bee has been garnering lots of attention this month and I’ve got new collaborations in the pipeline for the next couple weeks. Stay tuned and Happy Friday!!

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Pace Yourself

August 19, 2014

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Last week the temperature dipped way below average and in an almost trance-like state I suddenly found myself reaching for the fall boot box I’ve kept tucked under my bed for the last 3 months. The first taste of cooler weather is always both fabulous and frightening. For fashion fiends like me it means the glory of layers, leather, boots and endless wardrobe options but it also means a foreseeable end to warm summer nights and the impending doom of W.I.N.T.E.R.. So as ready as I may be to bust out my chunky sweaters, I’m trying to pace myself by easing into cooler nights with fall ready boots, wearing light colours and my favourite linen blazer.

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Blazer Club Monaco (similar from Club Monaco, from Zara, from ASOS ) // Tee Everlane // Pants Club Monaco (Similar from Club Monaco, from JBrand) // Boots Madewell this year’s version // Necklace Biko // Bag Millay Vintage (love this one) // Rings Acre Goods // Sunnies

Photos by my all weather friend Dave Ruhl

Packing Light for Las Vegas

August 14, 2014

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Tomorrow I’m on my way to Las Vegas for a friend’s bachelorette party! I’ve never been and I’m ridiculously excited to go. As soon as my tickets were booked I started day dreaming about what to bring. Earlier this spring I shared some tips on Light Packing for a Long Weekend and since it was a hit, I thought I’d share what I’m packing for a long weekend (3 days, 2 nights) in Las Vegas. I know the weather is supposed to be scorching and with my itinerary in hand I made a discerning effort to keep my packing lean but sufficient. I’ll bring my Everlane Weekender as a carry on so space is limited which just means thoughtful outfit decisions must be made!

Day 1 - I’ll be travelling for the most part on the first day and to be completely honest I haven’t quite got my plane outfit set. It will most likely be something that looks put together but feels like pyjamas.

Night 1 - For the evening and first night out, I’ll be wearing my favourite summer party go to, the romper. I decided to keep accessories simple and pack my most versatile clutch and shoes for this trip. Not entirely sure where the night will lead but spirits will be both high and consumed.

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Day 2 - Let’s just be real, we’ll probably be nursing ourselves back to health by the pool for a fair bit during the day. I’m not one for a lot of time in the sun and I don’t need end my summer with crazy tan lines, so I’ll be curled up with some trashy mags in the shade somewhere.

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In the afternoon I’d like to take a stroll and check out the Vegas scene since the trip is a quick one, so I’m bringing a super casual summer outfit for that very activity.

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Night 2 - We’re headed to see Britney!!! I am not going to pretend for a second that I’m not insanely pumped to see the ultimate Pop Princess of my generation. I expect to be completely voiceless after shrieking along to every song. Post show we’re headed out on the town and this little black number seemed like it was pretty much made for the occasion.

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Day 3 - I’m already dreading the last day so I’m bringing a pretty and super comfy dress to ease the pain and see me back to reality.

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Fun Fact: I used to play poker every Tuesday night during university so while I’m not your average win chasing gambler, I know a thing or two about when to hold ‘em.

Carry On - Cuyana Tote // Agenda // Wallet // Phone Case // Trouvé // Frankie // Pen // Lip Gloss 

Night 1 - Romper Madewell (similar) // Clutch // Heels Zara // Bangles

Poolside - Bikini L*Space// Cover-Up (similar) // Sandals Dolce Vida (similar) // Necklace

Day 2 - Cutoffs (similar) // Tank (similar) // Clogs // Clutch // Necklace // Bangles// Bracelet // Rings

Night 2 - Dress Gentle Fawn (only $66!) // Heels Zara // Clutch // Necklace // Bangles// Bracelet // Rings

Day 3 - Dress Anine Bing (similar) // Clogs // Clutch // Bangles

Other items packed but not shown are my make-up bag, toiletries, pjs and 1 extra top.

Fate and a Great Dress

August 11, 2014

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I have a set of little round scars above my left knee. Though they’re quite small, they’re part of a much larger experience I had growing up. It was a difficult one to go through but I know I would not be who I am today without it.

When I was about 8 years old I began taking horseback riding lessons. Grooming, jumping, grazing, petting, loving all things ponies and horses was my world.

It was my first week of summer camp and I had just won first place in a walk/trot competition, which is pretty much the most beginner level there is but it might as well have been a Grand Prix because I was on cloud nine and my darling pony Twinkie was just as proud. Feeling our oats, as it were, a few of my new friends and I decided to take our little rides out to the field for a walk.

It was a breezy July day and when a fluttering flag caught little Twinkie’s eye she spooked and bolted. My friend’s ponies joined the flight and suddenly we were stampeding uncontrollably. I was too inexperienced to know what to do and when Twinkie bucked, I flew off.

I hit the ground hard and tumbled to a stop.

The brim of my helmet had snapped clean off and my left leg, having taken the brunt of the fall, was broken. I called for help but Twinkie and my friends were long gone, most likely expecting me to stumble in behind them.

Time is hard to judge when you’re in distress so I still don’t know how long I was alone in the field. A woman driving by saw me and pulled over to help. She was an off duty nurse and called an ambulance. Some time after that the paramedics arrived and I was taken to the nearest hospital.

X-rays confirmed I had a severely broken femur. Recovery meant the following:

  • 2.5 weeks in traction, which is when weights and pins (ah, yes those scars) are used to help align your bones so they can grow straight and heal properly.
  • 12 weeks in a body cast (from my toes to the top of my ribs)
  • 6 months in physiotherapy
  • and 1 year with a walker, crutches and a cane

I grew up a lot in that time. The initial prognosis was that I would never walk without a limp. I refused to believe that and worked very hard to prove my doctor wrong. Currently, I do not have a limp, woohoo!!

You’d think after that I’d never want to set foot in a stable again. Not so, in fact, my main motivator during rehabilitation was the thought of being able to ride. Once I was walking I begged and pleaded and finally my Mum gave in but only on the condition that it would be as safe as possible. She found a wonderful stable and riding coach and I got back on the horse, well, pony. From that point on I rode 5 days a week until I went to university and while I fell off many more times, I also picked up a few more first place ribbons. It was an all out passion that kept me focused, taught me about hard work and sacrifice and is easily the most memorable and rewarding experience of my youth.

I remember that day and the months that followed like a vivid bad dream but it taught me how strong I am and what I can endure. It showed me what incredible parents I have and I got a taste of true passion and what it feels like to have an undeniable draw to something.

I never blamed Twinkie for ditching me in the field that day. In fact all I can recall is fear of her running towards the road. Turns out she just ran toward the hay barn. Ponies are passionate about things too!

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Other than horses fashion has always been an undeniable passion of mine and just like a fateful experience can make you stronger a fabulous dress can do the same. I’ve dreamed of a crisp white shirt dress for years and when I spotted this Acne Studios version all bets were off. Oversized sleeves, overlapping asymmetrical hemlines and the ultra smooth, extra white cotton poplin are all details that really make this dress empowering. With some badass accessories and red lipstick I suddenly feel like my sexiest, strongest self. I’m totally ready for whatever the world throws at me. As long as it’s not red wine or chocolate!!

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I’ll close the writing portion of this post by confessing my total obsession with Primecut Bags. I discovered the brand via Instagram and the Salt & Pepper clutch was on my wishlist for months. All Primecut bags, clutches, wallets and accessories are handmade in Portland, Oregon and the beauty of the materials and impeccable craftsmanship is what makes them so unique. I am totally smitten with my clutch and wallet. My favourite thing about the hide is how it almost looks blurred, even in real life. It’s safe to say I’ll be bringing this baby on all my upcoming adventures! Check out all the fabulous (and really reasonable!) Primecut bags and accessories here.

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Thanks for reading my not so pleasant walk down memory lane. Writing this post wasn’t easy but I felt it was an important one to share.

Dress Acne Studios // Boots Anine Bing // Bag Primecut // Bracelet Biko // Sunnies RayBan

Photos by my valiant prince Dave Ruhl.

Wonderful Weekend

August 9, 2014

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I think my heart skipped a beat when I first saw these incredible Rachel Comey booties. That fringe, those tassels! They’re just outrageous enough to be awesome. If I was wearing them this weekend I’d keep the rest of the look low key. A creamy silk tank, simple pair of jeans and a chic black bag. I’m also loving the look of a nude/natural lip. Of course, I’ve got a hankering for some fall action in my wardrobe and these boots would be a great way to start the transition. They’re light and playful with just that hint of seriousness August always brings along.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Shirt // Jeans // Boots // Bag // Lip

Recipe: Summer Pesto Pasta

August 7, 2014

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If you even remotely like fresh pesto, you MUST make this! It’s one of my favourite dishes to have during the summer, especially after a long day at work. Our basil plants are growing like crazy jungle weeds this year and in an attempt to keep up with production I’ve been making fresh pesto on the regular. The last time I made it was the best to date and I decided it was high time I shared a recipe on the blog again. This beauty is vegetarian and gluten free, neither of which my diet is restricted to but hey, it’s a bonus!

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You will need:

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups fresh basil
  • 3 cups brown rice pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (just toast in the oven for a few minutes at 350)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tbs salted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • keep a few small basil leaves and the parmigiano handy for garnishing
  • food processor (I use this one)

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Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, pulse basil leaves and pine nuts in a food processor a few times to combine, then add cheese and half the olive oil. Pulse again then add remaining olive oil. Use a small spatula if the basil is sticking to the sides. Pulse until smooth.

In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and stir to coat with butter. Cook until translucent and slightly brown 3-5 mins. Add tomatoes and stir. Cook for a few minutes. Then add your freshly made pesto and reduce heat to low. Stir often. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Your water will likely be boiling. Add pasta and cook as per package directions. Drain and add back to pot. Add pesto sause and toss to coat. Serve in your favourite pasta bowls with some grated parm and a few basil leaves on top. Accompany with a delicious chardonnay and devour!

Serves 2 hungry people.

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August Wishlist

August 6, 2014

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Time for a little vicarious shopping via the ever tantalizing ‘WISH LIST’. A lot of retailers allow you to make wish lists to visit later or send to potential gift givers as a not so subtle hint. Do you make wish lists online? I’ve never found them all that useful. I much prefer to add everything into my cart and then one by one convince myself of what I don’t need and of course, what I do. Then the items that have been ruled out are officially off the radar. It’s much more final that way. Just a peek into my online shopping psychosis! Anyway I’ve compiled all the goodies that are currently in limbo within my cyber shopping carts (except the plant of course!). Clearly fall is making it’s way into mind.

Wool Fedora Rag & Bone or Madewell || Great White Shirt Free People // Equipment // JCrew // Everlane || High Waisted Skinny Jeans Aritzia // DSTLN // ShopBop ||  Lamp Wolfgar Handmade || Simple Earrings Need Supply // Young Frank // Laite || Cape Sweater Zara // ASOS || Watch Daniel Wellington || Eye Glasses Warby Parker || Loafer Club Monaco // Madewell || Rubber Plant

Boyfriends

August 4, 2014

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Can I just say that the word ‘boyfriend’ makes my teeth clench and my lip curl. For whatever reason it just conjures up images of ditzy teens and scenes of juvenility from a previous life. Nowadays, I much prefer ‘partner’ or even just ‘man’. Anyway, now that that’s out of my system, onto the actual post.

The following comparison may come across as a trivialization though I promise that is not how I see it. Finding the right pair of boyfriend jeans has many parallels to finding the right boyfriend. “Oh please!” you might have just thought to yourself, or more sarcastically “How long did it take you to come up with that one?” But hear me out as I run down the top 3 ways in which the two are uncannily similar:

1 – The right pair is not easy to find. Rarely, if ever, do we find the right person on the first try. In many cases, we even try to convince ourselves they’re right with notions like ”I can make it work.” or “I just need to change this.” but when it comes down to it, they’ve got to go. The same goes for jeans that don’t quite work. It takes time and patience and often trying a few options on to know what doesn’t work for you. Then, just when you’re not even looking, they seem to appear.

2 – The fit must be juuuuust right. Just as the right guy needs to fit in with your family, your friends, your lifestyle, your fur creatures and most importantly, you, a great pair of boyfriend jeans need to fit just so. Where they sit at the hip, how baggy the leg is, where rips are and how they hit the ankle are critical elements. Just like we find a certain chemistry with our partners we find the same thing with style and the pieces we choose.

3 – They need to make you feel amazing. This is the biggest factor. Before I met Dave I’m not sure I had ever been able to let my guard down 100% and truly be myself with anyone (save for a very small handful of friends). A great pair of boyfriend jeans should make you feel great, just being yourself, without trying to be super slimming or butt boosting or anything but comfortable and easy.

So what it all comes down to, for me anyway, is that a good boyfriend and their denim incarnation should make you feel like the most awesome and honest version of yourself.

Now back to the pants specifically, I thought I’d found the right pair many times but in the end all but 1 pair were returned. I never thought I’d say this about jeans, but they just weren’t tapered enough! At long last my time on the J.Crew waitlist was up and the perfect pair made their way to my doorstep. After weeks of casual occasion wearing, I decided they had earned a night out. I added my pointiest black pumps and a structured black blazer to chic things up but kept it feminine with a silky tank and nude clutch. Et voila! My latest go to date night look was brought to life.

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Whether you feel my denim analogy or not, boyfriend jeans are a hot topic and I’d love to know your thoughts on them!

Boyfriend Jeans n/a J.Crew (Similar from J.Crew, Madewell, JBrand) // Tank old from Zara (Similar from ASOSClub Monaco) // Blazer old from Madewell (Similar at Zara,  ASOS) // Clutch // Pumps // Bangles // Rings // Sunnies // Necklace

Photos by my amazing partner/man Dave Ruhl.

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