This and That

Happy Friday!

Despite being mostly MIA from this blog last month, I did manage to leave my house for a few fun events. Unfortunately, I failed to get a single full outfit shot. I think it’s time to school P on the finer points of being a blogger’s boyfriend, (see: photographer). One of the biggest highlights was going to Ottawa for Juno weekend. It was a jam-packed weekend of parties with old, and new friends, and a great excuse to get dolled up.

I have also been working on some new weekly column ideas for the blog, which require me to brush up on my photoshop skills. I’m hoping to get a refresher this weekend and to get back into regular programming next week. Are there any specific topics you would like to see me cover? Celebrity Fashion? Dressing for different body types? Dressing for different events? Beauty secrets? I would love to hear your thoughts!

In the meantime, here are some tidbits of the last few weeks as seen through the lens of my iPhone. Have a great weekend!

In Toronto? Go to Arepa Cafe (but watch out for the hot sauce...ouch!)

Hotel Indigo in Ottawa makes finding your room a real adventure

Pre-Juno party-goers

Loving my new 'do, courtesy of Frank at Moda Salon in Ottawa. He is the hair KING

Sleeping in a wheat field

Lights!

Pipers!

Post-Juno's. I wish you could see all the wonder lace details on this dress. An excuse to wear it again soon.

My other date to The Juno's

My new "office".

Cruising

I'm getting a lot of mileage out of this Zara jacket.

Easter Nails

Easter Weekend dinner with lots of family, and fine wine.

Great conversation with some of my favourite people.

Transit City

Pretty Pastels

If it were up to me, Easter would mean a visit from these pastel cats, rather than that sugar-pushing bunny, but since that would probably result in an army of kids pelting my house with eggs, I’ll just share my love of one of spring’s biggest fashion trend within the safe confines of my blog.

With shades that were once reserved for those under the age of three (see baby pink, baby blue), the hottest shades this season are the sleepy cousin of last summers neons; grown up pistachios, petal pinks, and butters.  So I did what any good fashion girl would do, and filled my imaginary closet with some of my favorite pieces. Will you be hopping on the pastel band wagon?

Left to right, top to bottom:  Preen blazer, Carven top, Burberry sweater, Current/Elliott skinny Jeans, Jill Stuart skirt, Risto sweater, Alexander Wang tank, Bloch ballet flats, Mystery Heels…Anyone know?, Valextra wallet, Tods loafers

Left to right, top to bottom: Topshop sweater, Jil Sander sweater, Banana Republic bracelet, Hug A Porcupine necklace, Diane Von Furstenberg clutch, Current/Elliott skinny jeans, Delias skirt, Laugh Cry Repeat dress, Nine West heels, Chloe clutch, Prada pumps

Left to right, top to bottom: Mango Blazer, Marni blouse, RED Valentino jacket, Miu Miu bag, Current/Elliott skinny jeans, Topshop trousers, Illesteva sunglasses, Pedro Garcia wedges, Michael Kors watch, Walter Steiger heels, Dieppa Restrepo Flats

March Madness

First of all, this post has nothing to do with college basketball (sorry boys), and I am fully aware that it is no longer March.

Today is April 5th, and in other words, the end of Mercury Retrograde. Finally!

While I read my horoscope occasionally, I certainly don’t live by it, and have never put much weight into the side-effects of mercury retrograde…Until now.

You may have noticed that I have been absent from my blog for the last few weeks, and even my entire online presence was weak. That’s because I have basically been a walking billboard for Murphy’s Law. Computer issues, phone problems, near car crashes, setback after setback, leading to argument after argument, plus an overall lack of inspiration has really put me in a funk.  I went weeks without doing my nails (unheard of), and the things that used to excite and inspire me just left me bored.

I felt a change last night though, I put a fresh coat of lacquer on my nails, and bookmarked pages upon pages of potential blog ideas. So here’s to April showers, May flowers, and a return to normalcy.

I leave you with some beautiful bright and caotic paintings that I came across by Berlin-based artist Yago Hortal. The abstract neon works perfectly encompass my current state of mind; Overwhelmed, but optimistic.

Until next time (soon, I promise).

xo, LLJML

{Photo credits: Sunshine,  Yago Hortel}