COWGIRL

_MG_9932_MG_9972_MG_9951_MG_9959_MG_9962wearing: lizzy hat from capital iron, thrifted & shorts shirt, necklace from decade, dad’s belt, roots backpack, born boots from the cobbler

I love how these cowboy boots look when paired with shorts or a skirt. Somehow they manage not to shorten my legs and the light leather matches most of my brown belts and beloved Roots backpack. Today I’m going to try and make some Canadian themed shorts for Canada Day this Monday. Spray paint and glitter are involved. Stay tuned.

Lots of love,

Kate

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SUMMER NIGHTS

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photos by Carly Dame

Downtown Victoria was crawling with tourists when Carly and I were taking these pictures. A couple from China stopped and wanted to know more about the parliament buildings. When we told them we lived here, they were so excited and started asking us more questions. They kept saying how beautiful Victoria was and I had to agree with them. It is beautiful – when it’s not raining!

I really like how this look came together. The mint skirt picks up the subtle mint tones in my patterned shirt and I love wearing my Goatthings ring in my hair. The skirt is really short, I had to be careful because downtown Victoria can get windy!

Lots of love,

Kate

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THE FARM

_MG_9803 _MG_9901_MG_9840 _MG_9850 _MG_9893wearing: Lizzy Hat from Capital Iron, thrifted shirt, Forever 21 Skirt, necklace from Decade, assorted bangles, Born Boots from the Cobbler, Roots Backpack

I got this skirt in December and everything about it screams winter, so to challenge myself I decided to make a summer ensemble starring it and its majestic pleats. Enjoy.

These pictures were taken on my Nana’s farm, or simply “the farm” as my family calls it. The place is magical – some of my best childhood memories took place there. There were always epic soccer matches that only ended when it was twilight and croquet games that somehow managed to be interesting, but ping pong was by far the fiercest sport played. All sports aside, the best part was always seeing my aunts, uncles and cousins. Catching up with their lives over a box of chocolates, acting out funny stories, playing Skip-Bo, feeding the horses – everything seemed to happen over at “the farm.”

Most of the time I’m just as interested in the background of personal style blogs as much as the clothes. The location of the shoot tells the story of the clothes. I’m always somewhat disappointed when I pick up a fashion magazine and their editorial was just done in a studio. Where’s the sense of adventure? I would rather see that same model on the streets of New York or in front of a majestic waterfall in Brazil or on the cobblestone streets of a European village. I think this is why I love blogs, because every day I get to visit a different place in pictures and the background is always interesting.

Lots of love,

Kate

 

 

 

FADED PAINT

DSC_0354 DSC_0357DSC_0451 DSC_0403DSC_0396wearing: zara sandals, everything else is thrifted

photos by Carly Dame

Sometimes it just happens that a whole outfit consists of thrift store purchases. On these days I feel ethically good and bargain happy. So I hope you enjoy these edgy, street chic, badass with an attitude pictures as much as I do.

So my mom was trying to assemble an Ikea dresser today and my dog Callahan saw fit to “help” her. Hilarity ensued with him climbing on top of the box, sniffing the scissors suspiciously, taunting us with a piece of Ikea box he was prancing around with and generally just lying perfectly in the way. I don’t know if any work will get done…

Lots of love,

Kate

 

NICHE INSPIRATION BALL

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wearing: thrifted top, assorted jewelry, La Fee Verte skirt from Still Life for Her, thrifted purse, Zara Sandals

photos by me and Carly Dame

On Saturday I attended the Niche Inspiration Ball with Carly and it was quite the experience. Think red carpet, fancy hotel, gowns galore, sapphire blue cocktails, white table cloths, too many forks and spoons to count, an exuberant live auction and memories to last a lifetime. I felt slightly underdressed, but seeing as I only bought my ticket on Thursday, I didn’t feel too bad. My skirt is La Fee Verte from Still Life for Her which I bought last year as an absolute splurge, my heels are from Zara and my purse and top are thrifted.

Once Carly and I walked the red carpet we snuck off to take some pictures in Empress Hotel’s lovely garden. I think we will definitely be back to take some more photos, even though tourists are always milling around. Once we were back inside it was time for dinner which consisted of a pear salad, herb crusted salmon and creme brulee for dessert. Nom! The live auction followed dinner and after that ended there was more mingling and Carly and I had the opportunity to meet Niche editor-in-chief Tracey Drake.

All the proceeds from the Inspiration Ball will go towards the the Cridge Transition House for Women and the Women for Women International Education Program.

Lots of love,

Kate