Lust List: September 2014


My take on Fall 2014 dressing: clean & futuristic with an urban-cool edge. My key pieces for the season include some super dope clear frames and a to-die-for slate grey mohair coat – I might just spring for this Tibi one, but I’ve had my eye on a great one at Topshop (for half the price). And as you may have noticed, white after labour day is always a do in my books. The sleek lines on this Kara backpack are really doing it for me. I’m so team backpack because of the hand/arm freedom and general schoolboy vibes – try one out and I guarantee you’ll be a purse convert!

Clockwise from top left:

80′S PURPLE Optical Frames, No Longer Available

RICK OWENS x ADIDAS Sculpted Sole Sneakers, $790 via SSENSE

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Folded Off-The-Wall Sweater, $380 via SSENSE

KARA Pebble Leather Small Backpack, $410 via Opening Ceremony

TIBI Kelby Mohair Coat, $950 via

CALVIN KLEIN Raceback Bra Top, $30 via Simons

*If you liked this post, I’m doing a similar one for later this month with even more amazing things to ogle + shop. Keep your eye out!



Bermuda shorts. Something I thought would be no more likely to grace the presence of my hips and bottom than Brad Pitt himself. Nevertheless, Mr. Wang did it for me again… rendering an otherwise unwearable item to something I needed in my life. I think that’s what draws me to his brand most – the ability to make something otherwise undesirable desirable is something not too many people are capable of doing. And while these shorts are Forever 21 and not A. Wang, I think they are a pretty darn good substitute. Maybe even a little TOO good for 23 bucks, actually. I paired them with last summers’ t-strap sandals that I was minorly majorly obsessed with at the time, plus my new leather lunch bag clutch from – you guessed it - Forever 21 (Seriously, I’ve been on a roll with these finds lately!)

shorts: Forever 21 (here) top: H&M clutch: Forever 21 (sold out, similar here) heels: Alexander Wang (sold out, similar here) watch: Daniel Wellington (here)


Bench #LoveMyHood

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Born in Mississauga but sometimes I feel like Toronto adopted me…LOL. I’m genuinely sorry for referencing Drake lyrics in a post, but I promise it is v relevant to the content. Sorry again. Anyways, Bench. is running a super dope campaign called #LoveMyHood (more here) and encouraging us Canadians to show love for our ‘hoods (whilst maybe even simultaneously rocking actual hoods…Bench. hoods of course!). So since I now am an almost legal resident of the 6, when they came to me and said: “Hey Vanessa – show us a cool area in your hood!” I was of course happy to oblige. I chose to show off a spot I love in my new ‘hood – a “secret” rooftop in Queen West, downtown Toronto. See, told you the Drake quote was relevant.

p.s. Want to win a $100 Bench. gift card? Of course ya do. Find out how on the next page (and see the rest of the pics from my so0o Tdot shoot)

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I’m having a bad day…so I bought shoes. Now I feel better, kind of.  Subtly reminiscent of those Balenciaga buckle boots (you know the ones), it was only natural to pair them with some x-tra destroyed denim and a crestfallen gaze. Wah.

jeans: Forever 21 (here) boots: Le Chateau (here) top: Zara bag: Givenchy (here) watch: Daniel Wellington (here)


White Croc


As some of you might already know via my incessant social media rants, I moved into Dani & Bianca of Kastor & Pollux‘s home in Toronto’s Queen West area a few weeks ago. Living downtown is amazing for many, many reasons – like being immersed in all the cool independent stores and boutiques Toronto has to offer. And while I’d known about about Untitled&Co (one of said cool independent stores) for a considerable amount of time, I never got the chance to personally check it out until I went to their new store launch in Yorkville a couple of weeks back. The sassy sweatshirts are defs my favourite things there, but this insane boxy croc-embossed crop top (which is, unfortunately, one of a kind and was made for a previous runway collection) is what originally caught my eye. Beyond major, no?

top: Untitled&Co skirt: Forever 21 bracelet: Zara


The Brunette Salad x Forever 21: Back To School Contest


You know what time it is….that dreaded nearly-middle-of-August time warp where it starts to click that summer is almost over, and its *almost* time to get back to reality. Lucky for me, I never have to go back to school again!!!! (Mehehehe). Which sounds totally amazing, but actually is just as (if not exponentially more) distressing as all my older friends have described to me. I’m VERY anxious/nervous for the future…This is, after all, the first chapter in my life where I REALLY don’t know what’s coming next. But for now, I’m making a conscious effort to enjoy my time living free as a bird. And hey, even if I’m not going back to school in September I can still fulfill that subconscious desire with a cute pretend “back-to-school outfit” complete with a super dope backpack and cool faux frames.

skort: Forever 21 (here) top: Forever 21 (here) shoes: Nike backpack: Forever 21 (here) frames: Forever 21 (here)

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Closet Tour w/ Forever 21

I’ve been Coveteure’d! Not lols but kind of. After the great response the home tour post I recently did with Forever 21 had (it was my most-viewed post ever, y’all are creepers) this time I’m giving you an all-access pass to my closet! Which isn’t nearly as exciting as I just made it sound…but keep reading if you are mildly interested. I promise there are pretty pictures :-)

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Baby Blue Sound Crew




If you read my blog and are familar with my Lust Lists, you’ll know that I was pretty obsessed with this Zara jacket until I bought it soon after posting about it. I was all “NEED IT MUST HAVE IT CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT”, so obviously I didn’t wear it until now (about 5 months later). *Le sigh* It’s just one of those pieces that needs to be worn with the right things, ya know what I’m sayin? Anywho, I eventually pulled together this all-ice blue ensemble and felt pretty content with it – I feel like monochromatic done this way looks really fresh and cool. It makes an impact without being loud or brash.

I finished the look with…nude pumps. Crickets. I know what you’re thinking. Nude pumps? Nude pumps are not normally my thing, but these are a different breed…the pointy toe and block heel makes ‘em edgy and chic nude pump rather than Beverly Hills housewife nude pump.

jacket: Zara (here) heels: Le Chateau (here) jeans: Forever 21 (similar here) sweater: H&M (similar here)



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Sometimes (SOMETIMES) I like to take a break from black, especially in summer. If you saw the home tour post I did not too long ago, you know I have a thing for a black/white/jade green colour palette for the home. And while jade green is not a colour I own much of in the clothing department, I guess that’s what drew me to this palm print tank…it’s somehow bold, yet minimal (if that’s not an oxymoron?), and super wearable and clean. Let’s call this the second instalment of my ~foray into prints~ LOL.

top: Forever 21 (here) skirt: Forever 21 (here) shoes: Le Chateau (here)