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October 3, 2016

BALLET FLATS | CHANEL PIN (Vintage; similar available here and here) | LIPSTICK (Shade: Creme Cup) | SUNGLASSES (Versace; similar style here)

I love the classic, elegant look of Chanel. To me this look is perfection and reminds me of Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's... two-toned ballet flats, a vintage gold pin, oversized tortoise shell sunglasses and pale pink lipstick. Chanel pins have seen a boost in popularity in the last few years after Beyonce and Rihanna were spotted wearing multiple Chanel pins on denim jackets. I found my vintage quilted Chanel pin years ago and it's one of my most coveted accessories. I've linked a few similar vintage Chanel pins below. Just like the pins, Chanel ballet flats have also seen a resurgence among top fashion bloggers and fashionistas alike. I love the cream & black two-toned design, but if Chanel flats are out of your budget I found these pointed toe ballet flats (pictured above) for a fraction of the cost. Have a wonderful (elegant) week!

Deanna xo
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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
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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


35 things to do this fall.

• 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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