Thursday, October 30, 2014


This is the closest I get to dressing up for Halloween - in orange and black ; ) Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Halloween I just haven't had the time to put a costume together this year, unfortunately, but if anyone has any last minute, cheap and easy costume ideas (like maybe something that involves only a cardboard box and some scissors) let me know! Seriously.

jacket - Zara (old), top - c/o French Connection, jeans -Big Blue c/o Plen+y, 
bag - Co-Lab, necklace - c/o Delilah K, heels - c/o Le Chateau, ring - H & M

Stylist's Tip: A necklace is a great accessory that will make your outfit go from "meh" to "Bey" as in Beyonce, as in FIERCE! Don't be afraid to play around with accessories. You can smart small, with some silver studs/earrings and a simple silver or gold necklace and then later you can try adding a colorful statement necklace to an outfit, or a longer one like the Delilah K. mixed metal multi-chain I'm wearing here. Play around and have fun! A little bit of jewelry goes a long way.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Grey Matters

One thing I love about fall fashion is layering. When you live in a crazy-cold climate like I do, layering is a must to keep warm! My scarf collection is growing and my latest addition is this cozy Chandi infinity scarf I picked up at Bamboo Ballroom on my birthday last week and since it was my bday this purchase was totally warranted ; ) I chose to pair it with my classic leather jacket I bought at Nordstrom Rack a year ago while in California for 50% off (score!) I have to admit that I love wearing black and grey, I'd say 75% of my closet is made up of clothing in this monochromatic scheme. It's just so easy to mix these neutral colors with other pieces. What about you? Do you like wearing more neutral colors or brighter hues or both? ; )

leather jacket - June via Nordstrom Rack, t-shirt - James Perse, jeans - Rachel Roy, 
booties - Vince Camuto via DSW, scarf - Chandi via Bamboo Ballroom
purse - Rebecca Minkoff via Shopbop, ring - H & M

Stylist Tip: You don't need to spend an arm and a leg on a leather/faux leather jacket, there are many out there for under $100.00.  If I didn't already have a leather jacket in my closet, I'd be picking up this one from Zara, in stores, (I checked this morning and it's sold out online! It was still there yesterday...darn it!)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wedding #2: Yellowhead Brewery

Just wanted to share a few photos with you from Wedding #2 in Edmonton! You can see photos from Wedding #1 here ; ). Last month we threw a big party at Yellowhead Brewery downtown to celebrate our marriage with 100 friends and family, after tying the knot a few weeks before in California. I got to wear my dress again and we partied the night away. I seriously danced ALL NIGHT LONG. I didn't even have time to eat (except for a cupcake at about 1 a.m.) and neither did my hubby, we were having so much fun with our guests! But I hear the food was amazing ; ).

Venue: Yellowhead Brewery
Photography: Chicks That Click
Flowers: Endless Possibilities
Cupcakes: Flirt Cupcakes
DJ: Urban Metropolis
Hair: Angela at Ponytails + Horseshoes
Makeup: Alanna Orr

P.S. If anyone is looking for wedding decorations in Edmonton contact me, I'm selling them!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall: Holding On

Lately I have been soaking up the spring and summer-like weather we've been experiencing which is so not normal where I live, usually there is snow on the ground by this time of year. But hey, I'll take it! This twill jacket is perfect for warmer weather and I've been wearing it non-stop, crossing my fingers I'll be able to wear it just a liiiiiittle bit longer ; ).
coat - BB Dakota Clio Coat via Shopbop (sold out unfortunately), 
jeans - JOE via Bamboo Ballroom, t-shirt - James Perse via Nordstrom Rack, 
purse - Rebecca Minkoff via Shopbop, shoes - Franco Sarto via DSW, necklace - vintage (gift), belt- Zara

Stylist Tip -A beige coat - whether it be a classic trench, a wool pea coat or a more casual one like the one I'm wearing - should be in every woman's closet. It's a versatile and classic piece that will never go out of style!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Win a $100 Gift Card to SPAREPARTS!

My favorite SPAREPARTS picks, clockwise starting from top left: Michael Kors Lana sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac, Matt & Nat LAIKA DW bag, Michael Kors MK3197 watch

I'm very excited about today's post! SPAREPARTS is Canada's leading retailer of premium lifestyle accessories for men and women and I've teamed up with them for a giveaway! One lucky Marie a la Mode reader will receive a $100 gift card to spend on anything they want on the SPAREPARTS site. To enter, please see below. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. (Sorry!) The winner will be announced on my Twitter and Facebook pages October 24th. Good luck!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Could Get Used To This

We've been experiencing an unusually warm and beautiful fall this year. One that I wish would never end! Because when it does, I know what's coming and it ain't pretty! (Winter.) In a perfect world fall would be extended by three months, winter would be skipped and we'd go straight to spring and summer ; ) A girl can dream can't she??

I hope all my Canadian followers had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

I'm wearing: jacket - Harlowe & Graham via Nordstrom Rack   jeggings - Joe Fresh, 
t-shirt - James Perse, booties - Vince Camuto via DSW, bag - c/o Massimo Dutti, scarf - Jacob

Stylist tip: A scarf is a great accessory for the cooler months and perfect for layering. Like shoes, a girl can never have too many scarves, especially if you're a girl who lives in Canada ; ).

Friday, October 10, 2014

What I'm Loving Lately

This book. It was raw, real and brutally honest. I read it in three nights. I love Lena : )

MAKE UP FOR EVER's Artist Shadow in ME202 Iceberg Blue and S228 Petrol Blue. I was given samples of these mix-and-match eye shadows to try and found they are highly pigmented and so easy to blend, not to mention the color payoff is amazing! I'm also loving their Artist Liner in Iridescent Khaki, it glides on so easily and stays put all day.

This $50.00 Aldo bag, as seen on the arm of Taylor Swift. A great bag for fall!

Kevin Murphy's Young.Again and Session.Spray, my two must-have hair styling products that WORK! You can get them from my hair salon Ponytails + Horseshoes in Edmonton.

This couple. Why? Because all of the money they received from People, Hello and Vanity Fair for their wedding photos will be donated to charities. Kardashians, take note.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bright Light

jacket - c/o French Connection, jeans - Joe's Jeans, top - Nordstrom Rack, scarf - White House Black Market, bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs, boots - Franco Sarto via DSW, sunglasses - FARMFRESH "The Poet" c/o SPAREPARTS

Fun fact: I wear sunglasses every day, whether it's sunny out or not. If it's day time and I'm outside or in my car, I have sunnies on. It's not necessarily a styling decision, I just don't like to squint. It causes wrinkles ; ) Plus I always practice Safe Sun! However, sunglasses can totally complete an outfit and are a great accessory, too, like these FARMFRESH ones I'm wearing here.

Hope you're all having a great week so far! Stay tuned for an exciting giveaway coming up soon right here on the blog ; ).


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wedding #1: Santa Barbara

Those are my cutie patootie nephews ; )

I'm so excited to be able to share my wedding photos with you guys today! Our wonderful photographers edited these pictures and sent them to us only 4 days after our wedding in Santa Barbara (talk about great service!) They created a slideshow for us so we could play it at our wedding reception in Edmonton, which took place this past Friday and was so much fun, more on that one later ; ) I hear stories of brides waiting six months to a year, even a year and a half for their wedding photos so my husband and I feel extremely lucky to get them back less than a month after we tied the knot! And I'm happy to be able to share some of them with you ; ).

I was never one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding day or what she was going to wear as she walked down the aisle, (I dreamed more about what song was going to be played) but I knew I didn't want a big wedding. When D. and I got engaged in beautiful Santa Barbara last year we fell in love with the city and I knew this was the place I wanted to get married. Luckily my now-husband thought it was a good idea as well ; ). We invited 22 of our closest friends and family to our wedding, (which just so happened to take place exactly a year later from the date we got engaged, I swear I didn't plan it that way!) and I'm so glad they all got to experience the charm of Santa Barbara.

We had a short, intimate ceremony with one of our good friends Kosi officiating, which was really special to us, he did such an amazing job! We hired a Spanish guitarist to play before and after the ceremony and we wrote our own vows. Afterwards our talented photographers took us to what could be described as an enchanted forest -seriously I thought I was in a fairy tale! - for photos. We couldn't be happier with the way they turned out! For our reception we decided to have it held in a private room at Stella Mare's, a French bistro located next to a bird refuge. I chose this venue because it looked absolutely adorable on the internet (this is how I did all my planning for our destination wedding), and you didn't need to add too many decorations because the shabby-chic decor was enough on its own. We also had use of the private terrace where our cocktail hour was held. The food and service at Stella Mare's was amazing! We didn't have a dance after dinner, we saved that for our Edmonton party ; ). Which was a good idea because we were both exhausted by 10:30 p.m. ; )

We couldn't be happier with how our wedding day played out. It was so weird because I was so calm and relaxed the whole day, which is SO un-like me! A couple of people asked me why I wasn't freaking out and I guess I just had a feeling that everything was going to go well and that at the end of the day I would be married to my best friend and would finally be able to call him my husband! It also helped that it was a very small wedding and I felt extremely confident with everyone involved in making everything run smoothly. I also had the best bridesmaids by my side, who were a great support ; ). Our wedding day was a day full of so much love, a day we will never forget. We felt truly blessed. Thank you for following along and for reading, I know this blog has been heavy on the bridal posts, I promise I'll go back to normal blogging next week!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse
Reception Venue: Stella Mare's, Santa Barbara 
Photography: Jessica Fairchild
Flowers, Decorations and Rentals: Casi Cielo Events & Flowers
Hair: Shelley Zydek (my sister-in-law!)
Makeup: Lisa Tatum (my cousin!)
Wedding Gown: La Sposa Pronovias "Mullet" style from The Bridal House
Earrings: Haute Bride
Shoes - Sterling 
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bill Levkoff from The Bridal House
Men's Suits: Moore's