That's A Wrap

Happy first day of Fall! This past weekend we went on a little family camping trip; it's Torrey's first experience with it so we are trying short trips to hopefully be able to take him on longer ones next Summer. It was rainy and blustery, but I have to admit it added to the Fall ambience of huddling together, making a cozy fire and smelling the forest. I found this sweater last week at Winners and I foresee lots of wear in the coming months. I brought it along to the camp site for photos, and then I admittedly took it right back off after we were done and tucked it into my trunk so it wouldn't smell like smoke. Hopefully it's safe to wear it to the corn maze this weekend. What are you doing to ring in the new season? 

| plaid wrap - Winners (recent) | jeans - J Brand | boots - Hunter | bag - Rebecca Minkoff | hat - Urban Outfitters |


Western Front

Basically, Summer ended fairly abruptly here in the Okanagan. We had two hot weeks of weather in the end of August that were for naught due to the shroud of smoke from forest fires. When it cleared, the mornings were cold, the sun set way earlier and here we are it's mid September. That being said, I love Autumn. I love the colors, the warm afternoons that quickly delve into evenings where you need blankets and shared warm conversations. I love the harvest and the spices and the salute to the heat of the sun as it leaves us until Spring. It is a true season here and I feel it is a reflective one.
Full disclosure: I live in a condo and work in an office but the landscape here really inspires me and I have found that you can build a little bit of adventure, a little bit of connection with nature into every day. In fact, I think it's very important and it helps me to maintain balance and peace through out the week. In the Fall I find myself really dressing in earthy tones, rugged textures and fabrics, and definitely in clothing that I can go wandering in. Having my son Torrey, now almost four years old, I find even a short walk outdoors to be poignant because I see how much he wonders at the smallest details and changes. Hopefully we can all take walks and wonder at things still even in our adulthood and appreciate all the amazing changes that happen with this new season.

| reversible shawl - Dynamite | t-shirt - Monrow | jeans - J Brand | boots - Sam Edelman | tote - Marc by Marc Jacobs | hat - Urban Outfitters |


Little White Dress

The merits of a little black dress have been highly touted (I think I personally have 6 or 7) but this is the first Summer that I gravitated towards finding a little white one. Maybe it's because I am admittedly not overly girly in my style, however when I saw this dress I really loved the subtle details and beautiful tailoring. Plus it was one HECK of a steal at $36 down from $350 (thanks Winners Runway clearance rack).
I was going to save it for my 30th birthday coming up at the end of August, but I figured this could be my birthday month and I will wear this dress if I want to. My parents took me to Naramata this past weekend for Bard In The Vineyard to see Shakespeare's "12th Night". The performance took place outside in the vineyard against the mountains and while you eat your picnic and drink your wine. Right up my alley and the perfect way to kick off my " birthday month". Of course, we visited some other favorites along the way including Upper Bench Winery that makes it's own lavender cheese that I ate the whole block of before we got home, and Hillside Winery which happened to be playing "Faith" by George Michael when we pulled up. Personal favorite in the song department, therefore dancing required! Have an amazing weekend and maybe bust out some moves!

| dress - Maje | hat - Joe Fresh | sandals - Micheal Kors | bag - Rebecca Minkoff | 


Summer Wedding Dressing

I believe awhile ago on Jimmy Fallon he wrote one of his open letters stating "Thank you, Summer weddings for being the best way to see people sweat in really expensive clothing". Can't say I disagree, however it seems a shame to be inside when the Summer surrounds us with beautiful outdoor things. In the Okanagan it's pretty much guaranteed that you are going to attend at least one wedding at an outdoor venue (most likely a winery) so here's a few ways you can combat the swelter without looking like a wilted bouquet (men included here).

1. Find out what the dress code is ahead of time. Just how formal do you have to be? As a guy can you get away with a short sleeve shirt, shorts and a sport coat? As a girl can you wear a cocktail dress instead of something long if it's going to be hot. Get the scoop and plan from there.

2. Wear light colors, or if you are feeling brave wear black, but don't do in the middle if only for cosmetic reasons that in photos all people will see is your various sweat stains.

3. Choose pieces that are comfortable and that breath. Silks, cottons, and linens all work. Synthetics tend not to breath unless they are perforated in which case why are you wearing a polyester perforated dress to a wedding and what kind of wedding is it? Jk.

4. Pack a survival kit for being outdoors. Wear your hair up to begin with or bring hair spray, hair powder, elastics and pins if it gets unruly. Have blotting tissues and key makeup items for touch ups, deodorant, and thermal water to spray your face and pH balanced water to drink to stay hydrated.

5. Rose isn't water but have some anyways because it sure is nice and cold and delicious! Have fun!

| silk floral dress - Cynthia Rowley | bag - Rebecca Minkoff | earrings - Stella and Dot | necklace - Joe Fresh | sandals - Michael Kors | lipgloss - Tasmania by NARS | 


(long) WEEKEND WEAR: City Staples

When I make little runs into the city for a weekend or even a day I like to make sure I feel un-fussy, light and comfortable. I try to create an outfit that could easily go from one activity to another kind without many adjustments and that makes packing light as well. These cotton stretch pants roll up or down, my tee is paper thin, and my blazer cuts out wind or chill which you take off if you got too hot . If you're going for a flat shoe I also try to go for one that has some interest to it. I just picked up these croc print leather slips ons which go a bit farther style wise than a running shoe. Lastly I layer dainty jewelry that won't weigh on you after walking or exploring, and I bring sunglasses and suncreen too of course! Pack one more thin tee, a scarf, and some dressier foot wear and you can mix and match for a few days...and mix in  your shopping purchases too. Win-win! Enjoy your August long!

| aviators - Joe Fresh | t-shirt - Monrow | blazer - Talula by Aritzia | pants - J Brand | watch - Coach | shoes - Winners | bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs | necklace - local artisan |