Feminine Fish Hooks

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You can always count on Ted Baker to design the cutest quirky prints. This spring they released the ZAHLEE fly fish print silk shirt, and you can say I’m hooked. This UK based fashion brand has always had a cheeky sense of humour and unconventional approach to fashion. With their keen attention to detail and expert tailoring, they have made a splash in the Canadian market. Shop the look at tedbaker.com

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MEET THE BAKERS

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Ted Baker London was the talk of the town last Thursday as Toronto’s top editors and influencers dropped by the FSHOPPE to preview the SS17 collection.

The new designs are feminine with lots of lace and floral prints (groundbreaking). Silhouettes mimic Dior’s New Look of the 40’s and 50’s, which is a classic choice for Ted. Rolling with 50’s theme, we rented some retro props including pastel rotary phones, vintage food boxes and milk bottles, a big box tv and records. Attendees were invited to help themselves to an old fashioned sundae bar by Sweet Sammies and at the end of the event, they went home with a branded Google Cardboard to experience the Ted Baker collection in virtual reality.

To embrace the 50’s housewife look for the event, I pinned my hair into a fake bob, applied my brightest shade of lipstick and grabbed my favourite new piece from Ted – FLUXAM, the Folk Foliage skater dress. Shop the collection in a 360° film, ‘Keeping up with the Bakers,’ hosted on tedbaker.com today!

xo Lau

Summer Sixteen

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With every season comes new trends and fads that you just have to try. Most of these trends become passé in a blink of an eye, but a select few can actually turn into go-to staples in our wardrobe. 

Here are my trend predictions for summer sixteen:

  1. French Braids: Cute and practical for summer and fall months, but will disappear once the winter rolls around. This intricate hairstyle hasn’t been created to be hidden under toques. It’s like getting a tattoo and covering it up with makeup – what’s the point? After spending decent chunk of time out of your day splitting your hair into the perfect part, braiding, undoing the braid, then braiding again to perfectly match the other side until you A. give up or B. your arms go numb, you better show it off. French braids are basically pieces of art.
  2. Leather Backpack: Here to stay. Invest in a quality leather handbag or backpack, it is always helps to upgrade your look and will last a lifetime.
  3. Shirtdress: A neutral coloured shirtdress is something that will never go out of style and can be worn all year round. This sleek shift silhouette is super flattering and is chic enough to get away with around the office. I can definitely see myself swapping out the nude wedges for tights and ankle boots once the weather cools down in the fall.
  4. Choker Necklace: Fad. The choker popped up in 2014 as a nostalgic trend from the 90’s and was finally adopted by the masses this year. As a ’94 I couldn’t resist buying into it and I secretly hope this trend becomes a staple. It definitely has the potential with the launch of Pokémon Go and rumours of a Spice Girls reunion, however I really can’t see it lasting until next summer. But for right now, while there are more people trying to catch Pikachu on the street than swiping right on Tinder – long live the 90’s.

What I’m wearing: Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Shirtdress: Abercrombie & Fitch (It’s on sale right now!), Leather Backpack: VereVerto, Wedges: Winners, Bracelet: Alex & Ani, Watch: Daniel Wellington, Choker: Forever 21

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xo Lau

 

 

Canada Day

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Head to the mall this Canada Day to shop the many seasonal sales taking place before celebrating this evening! At the time of this photoshoot in Paris I had paid full price for my outfit. Although it breaks my heart to see it now 70% off, I have to share the details so a couple of you can take advantage of this awesome deal!

What I’m wearing: Off-the-shoulder lace top from Abercrombie & Fitch ($20), destroyed high-rise super skinny jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch ($37), chocker from Forever 21, leather sandals from American Eagle, and Clubmaster sunglasses from Ray-Ban.

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Happy Canada Day!

xo Lau

 

Summer Shirtdress

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I love playing a tourist in my hometown. Exploring all of the cute little nooks and crannies that Fredericton has to offer makes me fall in love with the city all over again. You can find this red clock downtown in the alleyway next to Brewbakers restaurant on King Street.

What I’m wearing: This light denim RD Style shirtdress from Studio 103 was a lucky find! Now, whenever I go shopping, in the back of my mind I am always asking myself if a garment is work-appropriate. As a newly employed graphic designer with the fresh sting of student-debt still lingering in my bank account, it is paramount that the items I buy serve multiple purposes. This dress is not only casual and comfortable, perfect for day-to-day activities, but it is also tailored enough to turn heads at the office.

Necklace & Earrings: Forever 21, Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Shoes: Winners

xo

Lau

Monet’s Garden

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Day 8 of my Paris trip was spent in Giverny exploring Claude Monet’s house and garden. From 1983 on, Monet, best-known for his large-scale water lily paintings, lived in Giverny with his wife and eight children until his death in 1929. It was a perfect day to visit the area that inspired the celebrated impressionist’s paintings. The garden’s were indeed picturesque. At the end of his career, Monet had hired up to seven gardeners to tend to the estate. It is the second most visited tourist site in Normandy after the Mont-Saint-Michel, with 530,000 visitors in 2010. It is easy to see why Monet chose to settle down here.

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What I’m wearing: shirt from American Eagle, skirt from H&M

 

 

 

 

A Day at The Louvre

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Day 4 of my trip to Paris was spent exploring the Louvre Museum, a historic monument and one of the world’s most visited museums featuring the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo among many others. The museum houses over 35,000 masterpieces, so due to the fact that I didn’t want to spend my entire trip navigating the 600,000 square foot exhibition space, it was necessary to pick and choose a few highlight pieces to see in person. I was extremely excited to see all of the work in real life after taking several art history courses at Ryerson, which made it extremely hard to narrow down the list. Regardless, I made my selections, and after experiencing the Louvre first-hand, here are my top must-see picks:

  1. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
  2. Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory)
  3. Raft of Medusa by Theodore Gericault
  4. Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix
  5. Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch
  6. La Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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What I’m wearing: hat from & other stories (a.k.a. my new favourite store!), shirt from Anthropologie, jacket from Zara Paris, backpack from Taaluma Totes, leggings from Lululemon, Running shoes from Nike (you will spend many hours on your feet at the Louvre so runners are a must)

xo Lau