mardi 29 novembre 2011

Style inspiration: Drizzy

Which Toronto-born rapper was sitting at the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart last week following the release of his sophomore LP "Take Care"?

Drake, of course!

Inspired by the style of the artist who's been playing on repeat at my house over the past few days, here are some tom-boyish looks to show you that you can look casually put together without looking like Sporty Spice.

Actually, I've wanted to showcase varsity jackets for a while and they seem to be part of Drizzy's uniform, so great timing!

Style inspiration: Drizzy

The outfit on the rights includes some of my favorite casual pieces: Rag & Bone varsity jacket, J Brand skinny jeans and Play by Comme des Garçons sneakers. Pair this with a Blue Jays cap and you're ready to cheer Canada's team at the Rogers Stadium next spring.

The outfit on the left is a little bit more rock and roll but still in line with Drizzy's clean and classic look. We're using a lot of neutral hues (black is probably Drake's favourite colour judging by the way he dresses) and classic, functional accessories as a reminder of the rapper's rather minimalist style. Wayfarers are a must. I chose 3.1 Philip Lim leather shorts instead of an aviator jacket, which could have been another Drizzy-approved option. The 2 shirts that I've selected have owls on them, a reference to the OVOXO mascot. One of them is even an awesome seasonal sweater (!!!), picked to mirror the rapper's look in the "Headlines" video.

Moreover, I completed both outfits with Burberry scarves because that's just the way Drake rolls in my mind.

jeudi 17 novembre 2011

Get Sorted

WARNING: Majorly geeky post ahead

The final installment of the Harry Potter Saga was released on DVD a few days ago and I'll take this opportunity to publish something I've been meaning to do for a while: A Polyvore inspired by the 4 Hogwarts Houses!! (I'm a total geek, I know.)

Have you ever wondered which House you belonged to? For us, at PopU, it's a no brainer - we don't need the Sorting Hat to tell us that we're in Ravenclaw.

So no need to wait any longer on Platform 3/4 - let's find out which Hogwarts House of Style you fit it.

Hogwarts House of Style : Gryffindor & Ravenclaw

Gryffindor: The Lion
Mixing Paige skinny jeans (I love that brand) and a funky Wild Fox long sleeve shirt, this is the most casual and sporty look of the 4 Houses, because you'll need to be comfy to haunt Horcruxes and wrestle mythical creatures. The Madewell backpack will come in handy to carry the Deathly Hallows in your quest against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Ravenclaw: The Eagle
Light but structured, feminine but hard-edged, Ravenclaw is all about contradictions that end up being more than meets the eye. Combining textures such as a see-through Alexander Wand chiffon dress, punky black leather Doc Martens, a single soft feather earring and an Alexander Wang (him again) bucket bag adorned with silver studs supports the aura of mystery that surrounds you. Wizards from other houses think that you spend your time day-dreaming but you know that being calm and observant of your environment will allow you to solve the trickiest puzzles and riddles when need be.

Hogwarts House of Style : Hufflepuff & Slytherin

Hufflepuff: The Badger
Gentle and kind, you are extremely likable and the life of the party. People want to be around you and enjoy your company. This is why I've put together the ideal socialite attire that will allow your true bubbly personnality to shine. Make a grand entrance with this Elizabeth and James fur coat. Show your style-savviness by mix high-end, timeless accessories such as this gray YSL Muse bag, Hermès cuff and Lanvin chain necklace with trendier pieces from high street retailers.

Slytherin: The Snake
Mastering the Dark Arts is a priority for you. Ksubi sunglasses and a deep green L'AGENCE cape will give you maximum coverage, in order to keep whatever shenanigans you're getting into under wraps. Reptile-inspired accessories remind your opponents of your snake charming capabilities. Do you speak parseltongue?

mardi 15 novembre 2011


How to survive Black Friday ? 

1.MAP IT !

Parking will be crazy and store crowded and messy in no time so you have to get there EARLY. Make sure to look at the opening hours since store will open way earlier than usual. Here is my Melrose/Hollywood Map.

=> Melrose avenue : only a "no tax" day in most of the little boutiques so don't spend too much time there => UO Melrose/Fairfax: usually they have HUGE discounts in the basement => THE GROVE (down Fairfax) : Anthropology, BBW, Zara and Victoria's Secret... => BEVERLY CENTER.

You won't be able to try on, unless you want to wait for 2 hours in line. Wear leggings and a white tank top so you can pretty much try on everything. You will need a big comfy bag to cary all this. My best bet:

Bring both ! Since there is always some kind of system breakdown on black friday.

4. HOLD IT : go to the Beverly Center the day before and put an hold on what you want. They know in advance the discounted price. On black friday you can just drop by and pick it up. No stress.

5. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT : Do your little scavenger hunt the week before so you know exactly what to look for.  Plus you can try on without having to wait in the humongous line.

6. INTERNET: ok so they don't have your size anymore ? No problem, most internet website have the same discount & you can start shopping at 12:01am ;)

mardi 8 novembre 2011

Hats off!

I've been in total denial lately about the inevitable: Winter is coming.

We've had the best fall weather so far, but Montreal meteological conditions are so unpredictable that who knows - I could wake up to 7 inches of snow tomorrow.

So no need to wait further, I'll need so warm clothes to cover up soon enough.

Thankfully, ASOS has plenty of toques, headbands, scarves and gloves to keep me warm over the cold winter months. So much that I don't know what to order! What should I pick?

I'm glad that the turban trend from last spring has evolved to now include winter options. Check out these great headbands and turbans.

Scarves and Snoods
I'm also torn between regular scarves and practical snoods.

These two pairs of gloves are great options: one casual and one dressier.

Forget it - I'm ordering everything!

Credits: First photo Rachel f, everything else from ASOS

Martha Marcy May... Mccc???

I really like Nylon Magazine because:
- their looks are easily adaptable to everyday life
- they mix both high and low end pieces creatively
- their editorials are totally my style... so much that I often see clothes/accessories that I already own depicted in their pages.

Their October issue, fronted by new Hollywood It-girl Elizabeth Olsen promoting her breakthrough leading role in indie flick "Martha Marcy May Marlene", is no exception.

I am absolutely in love with the Chanel tweed jacket worn by Ms. Olsen on the cover. If I had a few thousand dollars to toss on such an item, that would be it. This piece is timeless and so versatile.

But most importantly, I was delighted to see that one of the few purchases that I've made so far for Fall 2011 has made it to their pages. Elizabeth is wearing the Brixton "Kat" felt hat, which I bought a few weeks ago at Unicorn Boutique in the exact same colour. Have I found my style twin?

Nylon Cover for October 2011 + Editorial that I like so much, I'm thinking of getting gray leopard print jeans...

The perfect hat for Fall!