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16 March

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The basket bag was a fashion trend that was everywhere last year and it's an accessory that is already gaining even more popularity this coming spring/summer season! A basket bag adds a touch of chic to any outfit, whether you prefer boho, feminine or preppy fashion. They come in all shapes & sizes, are often made from rattan, raffia, straw and other natural materials, and they are available at many price points.  Zara has jumped on the trend with this cute raffia basket bag with short handle, this large half circle straw tote with wooden handles and this small raffia basket bag accented with a polka dot scarf. My favourite style is the small round rattan basket bag with long, over the shoulder strap, like this one from Free People. I've found more basket bag styles at affordable prices that you can shop for now and will be the perfect accent to your favourite outfits this spring and summer!

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01 November

Travelling to Paris is high up on my bucket list and one fashion trend I adore is classic french girl style. This look is completely inspired by this chic trend and can be worn this fall and again in the spring. Instead of the usual little black ballet flats I switched them up for  these on-trend Sam Edelman horse bit loafers and I added a splash of colour with this red Saint Laurent leather shopping tote bag (check out this more affordable option here). I may not be headed to Paris this fall but that doesn't mean I can't dress like a french girl until I do!


26 October

Fall Outfit - Preppy Style

A month into the fall season and the air is finally starting to feel crisp & cool and the leaves are in their full fall foliage. One of my favourite looks for autumn is this classic preppy ensemble. The combination of a Gap cream cable knit sweater under a J.Crew navy puffer vest, with a Burberry camel plaid scarf, brown leather riding boots and dark wash high waisted skinny jeans is the perfect autumn weekend look to head to the local pumpkin patch, go apple picking or stroll through the fallen leaves.



28 April

Embroidery Trend

The sun is shining and the flowers are blossoming - spring is finally here! And if you look at fashion today you are probably noticing that flowers are also popping up on our clothes in the form of intricate embroidery. It is one of the hottest trends in women's fashion and one trend that I am fully on board with. I am especially enamoured with floral embroidery on jeans and tops. It is such a pretty feminine look and there are so many affordable options available to help you incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. These beautiful embroidered jeans from Zara are under $50 and I can't wait to pair them with a white off the shoulder top (like this one from Banana Republic) and my pink Converse sneakers. Shop more embroidered jeans below.

Deanna xo


03 October

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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