Happy Boxing Day

MIA since August – I know! I’ve been going crazy jumping full time into my business, Lou Photography, and haven’t had time to indulge in blogging for pleasure in food & fashion land. I’m going to attempt one post a week to jump back into things – today’s on some boxing day finds at RW&CO.

Since leaving my sales position in April, I haven’t picked anything up from this Canadian retailer that makes a variety of work and casual staples. They always have an amazing Boxing Day sale, at least 40%-50% off the lowest price off fall & winter merchandise. I picked up two winter coats I desperately needed since destroying a favorite a few weeks ago. The light grey will be perfect for client meetings and the second for throwing on as a loose and comfortable coat for long shoots. It’s cozy and resembles lounge-wear – whats not to love?

City of Fog

 My summer here in Halifax has not been very kind – fog or rain 80% of the time. Staying cozy and warm in a few staple pieces – black skinny jeans from Zara and a white blazer from Aritzia. My hair reached an all new level of perfection today, thanks to Meaghan Ryan from Alicia Melanson Hair & Aesthetics, pictures to follow.

Shoes: Aldo

Nails: Essie Limo-Scene

Toes: Essie Turquoise & Caicos

Blouse: Le Chateau

Watch: Skagen

Today I love

Today I love: this gorgeous Italian home by Damilano Studio architects on Trendir. The floor to ceiling windows bring the outdoors in and open into a cozy reading room with plenty of my favorite interior design element – built in storage. Click here to see images of the whole house on Trendir.

Today I love: this color block leather shopper from ASOS, the pastels go perfect with this sunny breezy day in Halifax. Click here to buy this bag and see more images by ASOS.

Ottawa Day IV

 

Gorgeous Liz - effortlessly beautiful!

 

Day four in Ottawa: touring the center block of Parliament, meeting Liz a fellow NSCAD’er and an amazing blogger for a delish lunch at Milestones on Sussex (she introduced me to amazing iced tea infused with mint – self developed recipe to follow), a brisk stroll through the Byward Market, changing hotels for the weekend, fantastic wood oven pizza (basil, radicchio, Italian sausage, portebello’s and truffle oil on white with cream sauce and Beth’s proscuitto & mozza with traditional sauce on wheat) at The Grand on George, and exploring Sparks street and it’s un-obtainable Boutique goodies and drooling over Prada at Holt Renfew.

 

Ottawa Day II & III

Day two & three of  my mini vacay in the capital: I did Lululemon’s lunch time yoga sesh on Parliament Hill with over 500 people in attendance (amazing-inspiring). It was a power yoga class, a delightfully sweaty workout in Ottawa’s mid-July heat. On day three I went to the National Gallery of Canada to see the Caravaggio exhibit and the rest of the collection. It was good, not a lot of contemporary work 0r sculpture (disappointing) but also not an overwhelming collection, I made it through in six hours with my sanity intact 😉

Belt, shorts, purse, sunglasses: H&M Shoes: Feet First Blouse: Envy Necklace: Aldo Accessories

Saturday’s

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This was a Saturday summer Saturday’s are made of! It is my first day off with plenty of sunshine! It began with family diner breakfast of eggs Benedict with ham and spicy hash browns at the Ardmore Tearoom. From there we went to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market and I picked up some fresh (picked at 5:00 am!) strawberries and eight perfect peonies, my favorite flower currently in season and good sized bulbs for a huge crystal vase we received as a wedding present that I love but rarely get to use. I also tried some delicious breakfast pizza Beth bought from Bramoso and am sure I will need to get a slice next weekend…or try my hand at making a delicious thin crust. The Topshop dress Nate gave me as a surprise cheering up present a few months ago went well with the sunshine and walk along the boardwalk, where we stopped to hug Kraft peanut butter bears to donate a jar of peanut butter to the food bank and got some Fujiroids to remember it by. When Nate got off work, we went to the Public Gardens for a perfect evening walk with a venti vanilla bean frapp. Supper called for string green beans with raspberry balsamic vinegar and sesame seeds and butter fried shrimp with fresh pressed garlic and parsley. How perfectly splendid are Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck? Enough to watch Roman Holiday and the sunset simultaneously 🙂

Bras & Polish

With summer comes countless tanks, sheer blouses, and white dresses that require the perfect strapless nude bra. La Senza has disappointed in the past offering flimsy or satiny bras that just don’t cut it. This year they have combined a soft cotton blend fabric, cups that provide great coverage, grip strips all the way around, and a wide back band with plenty of elasticity to create an excellent option I couldn’t resist!

This OPI ‘Koala Bear-y’ shade is an ideal shade that combines magenta pink with a hint of coral for perfect summer toes and a pop of brilliant color, can you say love?