Designing Gal

September 14, 2016

There may only be a week and a half left of summer but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature! The weather is still hot & humid so I am not putting my lightweight linen clothes and sandals away just yet. This white linen sun dress from the Gap has been on heavy rotation all summer long and paired with suede strappy sandals it easily goes from summer to early fall. We often associate suede with the fall season and these sandals are the perfect way to incorporate suede into your early fall wardrobe before the weather cools down.

Deanna xo

September 5, 2016

Kew Beach - Toronto, Ontario

Happy Labour Day weekend! I've been spending the long weekend at the beach, exercising, running errands and getting ready for a brand new week and the start of a new adventure. It's sad to say goodbye to summer (well technically it's still summer for a few more weeks but we all know this holiday marks the unofficial end of summer). I am looking forward to cozy fall weather and all the fun festivities autumn has to offer! Not to mention fall fashion is my favourite by far. I hope you are all having a fun and restful long weekend too and are enjoying every last moment of the summer season! Now bring on the pumpkin spice lattes!!

In case you are doing a little back to school or work shopping there are a bunch of Labour Day sales happening right now (click on each store for full sales details):

ASOS - 15% off everything with code LASTHURRAH
Forever 21 - up to 70% off end of season styles
Kate Spade New York - extra 25% off sale items with code DOTTY
Club Monaco - 40% off with code FAREWELLSUMMER
Ann Taylor - extra 40% off sale items
Ann Taylor Loft - extra 50% off sale items
Old Navy - 50% off jeans, tees and dresses
Anthropologie - extra 25% off sale items

Deanna xo

September 1, 2016

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• What to wear to a fall wedding.

Kendall Jenner shares her social media secrets.

• The perfect shade of burgundy lipstick to flatter your skin tone.

• Recipe for the most delectable browned butter salted chocolate chip cookies.

• How Julianne Hough stays fit & healthy and still eats pizza!

7 new beauty products that will blow your mind.

• Coziest cocoon cardigan for fall.

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August 29, 2016

What is prettier than the combination of soft grey and blush pink? It's such flattering colours that together create an airy, soft and ultra feminine vibe. I scoured my Pinterest boards for the best grey & blush pink inspiration for your wardrobe and home. I've also linked a few of my favourite fashion pieces (like this crossbody bag and these suede tie up flats) and home decor items (like this throw pillow) in this pretty palette at the bottom for you to shop.

Deanna xo

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August 26, 2016

In my last post I shared fabulous travel style inspiration from some of the chicest ladies in blogging and entertainment (check the post out here). Today I am sharing my six essentials to great travel style:

1. Comfortable Shoes
This is a no-brainer. When you are running from gate to gate or standing in long customs and security lines you don't want to be uncomfortable in heels. Pack your heels in your carry on bag and wear these stylish options instead:
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2. Lightweight Scarf
Whether you are traveling to a warm weather destination or not, a scarf is an essential part of your travel wardrobe. It will keep you warm in the chilly terminal and on your overly air conditioned flight, acting like a blanket (which is a better option than the ones they offer on the plane). Make sure your scarf is lightweight - this is not the time for heavy knit wool that will just weigh you down. Try one of these styles:
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3. Loose Layers
Another great travel style essential is wearing loose layers that you can easily shed and tie around your waist as temperatures change. Stick with neutral tones and wear a breathable cotton tee or tank underneath. You can't go wrong with a cotton utility jacket, denim jacket or a lightweight open front cardigan, like these:
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4. Casual Pants
Wearing casual, comfortable pants is another key to looking and feeling great while travelling. I've worn dresses on planes and inevitably my legs get chilly. A pair of jeans with stretch, leggings or joggers are great options and will always look stylish. I've also included a pair of jeans without distressing below:
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5. Versatile Hat
This is a trick from the celebrities who are often hiding from paparazzi in airports. Wearing a hat can hide a multitude of things after a long flight... tired eyes, messy hair, and your identity (in case you happen to be a celebrity!). In all honesty, a hat can help you feel pulled together when you just got off the redeye. And by wearing your hat on the plane you can free up space in your luggage. Try one of these options:
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6. Large Tote Bag
Last but certainly not least, a large tote bag with long handles that can easily go over your shoulder is a key piece to great travel style. Make sure it's strong enough to carry everything you'll need to get through your trip in one piece, including magazines, a book, a water bottle, snacks, a small toiletry bag, wallet, passport, travel documents, a pen, a tablet, smartphone, headphones, a cellphone charger, etc. I've found three options that are tried and true travel tote bags:
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Happy stylish travels!
Deanna xo

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