Well, that was quick and painful. Summer is officially over – so quickly that when I shot this, it was still blissfully warm and sunshine-ey (nothing close to the double-sweater-weather that’s now upon us a little over a week later. It’s also crazy that almost exactly a month ago I was in Panama (you can read more about that trip here), and directly before that, New York. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have caught that I was there…even though I was pretty slack with posting. I love that every time I visit NYC I have a completely different experience…I’m honestly just so enthralled by the place. It’s seriously my favourite city in the world. This time around I spent a lot of time in Brooklyn hanging with the good people from Street Dreams, and I also got to connect with the team from one of my favourite Canadian brands, Oak + Fort (just as they launched their first U.S. store in Soho!) Mal, their beyond lovely creative lead, blessed me with some pieces, one of which was this striped top. I’ve had the matching culottes for months, so hey – why not go all the way right?

top & bottoms; both Oak & Fort, watch; Daniel Wellington (here) shoes; Zara (similar here) sunglasses; Balenciaga


Travel Diary: Panama


I’m one of those people that gets an idea in my mind and never really forgets about it til’ I’ve done it. Now I’d heard quite a few people talk about how great Panama is (It’s a city! It’s tropical! It’s not Miami!) and I’ve had it sticky-noted in my brain as a potential spot to visit for a while now. So when me and my girlfriend Giulia decided we needed a vacation, I went ahead and suggested Panama – and she was 100% down. Three weeks later and off we went – Panama City for a few days, then flying to the secluded island of Bocas Del Toro for a few more. This wonderful country really exceeded my expectations in so many ways – practically everyone we met was a transplant from another country who fell in love with the place and moved there, so that should say something. One of these transplants was old friend of Giulia’s from highschool, who now lives in Panama half the year – he showed us around and took us to all the hotspots, which is in my opinion priceless when traveling (thanks Malakai!). There were too many highlights to count, but a few worth noting definitely be our entire surreal stay at Red Frog Beach Resort, waking up to breakfast at The Hard Rock Megopolis after a long night of partying, exploring the old city of Casco Viejo, and seeing wild dolphins (not once but twice!).

Favourite spots + images from the trip below

Places: Tantalo Hotel/Kitchen/Roofbar (basically like Panama City’s version of The Drake Hotel, Casa Blanca Restaurante, Polo Beach, Leaf Eater’s Cafe (the cutest vegan spot right on the water with incredible ginger iced tea), Isla Zapatilla, Bocas Lick It (two super cute girls/nutella oreo banana cheesecake popsicles!), Taqueria Mordida de Burro.
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E-Forwarding with Shipllama

So, as you might know if you follow me on Instagram, I just got back from a last minute trip to New York City. I absolutely love good ol’ Amurrrica, possibly (gasp!) more so than Canada. I mean, Canada is great in many ways, but I can tell you this much for sure (and I’m sure everyone would agree) – we are seriously lacking in the whole online shopping/shipping department. We TOTALLY get the short end of the stick on this front. I basically just accepted my fate until recently, when I started furniture shopping for my condo. Furniture shopping for someone like me is ridiculously time-consuming – I’m literally O.C.D, and when I have a vision of something looking a certain way, I won’t rest ‘til it’s complete. Not being able to find the pieces I wanted in stores was beyond frustrating, and when I ventured online, 95% of retailers didn’t ship to Canada. So it was so awesome when Shipllama, a Canadian e-Forwarding service reached out to me (at literally the perfect time!). Thanks to them, I finally got a headboard I had been relentlessly trolling for months on various U.S. based websites. Here’s a bit about them/what they do and my experience using their service:

First off, this is how Shipllama works in a nutshell… After you sign up with them, they’ll give you the address of their shipping facility in the U.S. – this is the address you’ll use as your ‘ship to’ address to order whatever item you’re planning to buy. Once the item is ordered, you put the order deets into the Shipllama website and input the actual Canadian address you want your item shipped to. You’ll receive an e-mail of the total costs including shipping price and all duties and taxes for your approval – so you won’t receive any surprise costs at your door. It’s quite simple and they’ll take care of the rest! Shipllama is great because it caters to us Canadian online shoppers who find great deals or items you would like to purchase from U.S. retailers, but can’t buy them because either a) The shipping price to Canada is ridiculous, or b) They don’t even offer shipping to Canada in the first place. Whatever the issue, they have you covered either way. I ordered my headboard from a New York based furniture site, AGModern, and it was literally shipped to my door 5 days after arriving at Shipllama’s American warehouse. I also love that a real live person called me to make sure my concierge would be around to accept the delivery.

Overall, I’m super happy with my experience and will definitely be using it again. And as a special treat – Shipllama is offering my followers 10% off their e-Forwarding shipping with the promo code ‘BRUNETTE‘ so you guys can try it out too!



Not trying to toot my own horn here…but seriously, dressing in head-to-toe black is an art. It can get real boring + real blobby REAL QUICK. People often comment on this so-called “keeping monochrome interesting” talent of mine…and honestly, the formula is quite simple. So here it is: If you throw a semi-artful mix of textures/fabrics and some interesting cuts together, you eliminate the chance of looking like a boring black blob. Here I chose to use mesh as my interesting fabric, if you will, and the diagonal lines of this skort my interesting cut. Paired with some cutout booties, this outfit has enough kick to make people look twice but still allows pigment-phobes to relish in all their anti-colour glory.

shoes: Tony Bianco (similar here) skort: Forever 21 (sold out, similar here) top: Minkpink (sold out, similar here)


Pinstripe Harems


What’s better than wearing booty-baring, skintight bottoms that showcase all that junk in your trunk? Wearing baggy, diaper-bottom-esque pants that hide it! I mean, I’m all for showing off lady parts but sometimes it’s really nice and refreshing to switch it up. These pinstripe harem pants from Forever 21 are cool because you can wear them two ways: worn high at the waist for a more slim fit that hits mid-ankle, and worn low on the hips for a boyfriend-ish fit that looks bomb with slides. And while my general rule is if you’re going loose on the bottom go tight on top (and vice versa) now and then going baggy all around just feels right.

pants: Forever 21 (here) shoes: Solective (here) tee: Forever 21 (here)


Culottes + Fedora

I’ve been pretty much the worst when it comes to style posts lately…but I’m sure you’re well aware of the extreme laziness that comes along with summer. I think us Canadians get extra lax in the summer – after all…we only have a couple of months that are a decent temperature, so we have to take full advantage, right? What this translates to = patios, patios, patios, mixed with equal parts ice cream and sangria.

p.s. Not over culottes yet. p.s.s. I always thought the wide-brim fedora was too hipster/festival for me, but I think I’m starting to likey. Whaddaya think? (Thanks Caroline!)

culottes: Aritzia (sold out, similar here) sandals: Zara (sold out, similar here) top: Forever 21 (similar here) fedora: All Saints (here)


#OffToTheRaces: Queen’s Plate 2015 with #KPsquad


If you read my last post, you know that myself and Dani, Bianca, Krizia (b.k.a Krimoji), and Olivia from the #KPsquad had the chance to attend this year’s Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. None of us had ever been before, so we weren’t really sure what to expect – but to sum up it all up: It was a day full of fish tacos, poutine, flower crowns, sangria, scotch, people-watching, amazing hats, selfie sticks and overall good times. We spent a good chunk of time at the Rethink At The Races tent (there was gelato there….nuff said), where we simultaneously got to hang with fellow bloggers/media buds and get a prime view of the gorgeous thoroughbreds trotting through the venue. It was a super fun day, and by the end of it we were so tuckered out from all the excitement (drinks/food/giggling/heat or a combination of the 4) that all 5 of us napped the entire cab ride back. I can’t wait to hit up next year’s Queen’s Plate – but until then….

Check out the recap video of the day here!

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#OffToTheRaces with Woodbine Racing

woodbine-racetrack-vanessa-cesarioWhile majority of the time I’m decked out in 90% boy clothes, I must admit – I love a good excuse to get all fancy-shmancy and dressed up. I also 100% consider myself a ‘hat person’. So for these reasons (plus the fact that I’m going with my buds Dani & Bianca from the #KPSQUAD), I’m pretty excited to be attending this year’s Queen’s Plate in Toronto. Happening Sunday July 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm, it promises to be a glam day full of cool fascinators, outfit ogling, and ~beauteous~ horses. I’ve never attended one, but I’ve heard some cool things through the grapevine: 1.) The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race 2.) Occasionally The Queen herself (as well as other members of the royal family) like to roll through! Follow our adventure via social media – and stay tuned for a video blog of our day at the races. Now comes the fun part…online shopping for some seriously cool headwear!

P.S. If you make it out to Woodbine Racetrack this summer, make sure to take a racetrack selfie and tweet the photo using hashtag #OffToTheRaces to be entered to win $1000 gift card! Easy peasy. Winner will be chosen at the end of the race season.

Wanna come watch the race with us? Get your tickets here!

This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack.

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Bridge + Bardot

BRIDGE-BARDOT-1BRIDGE-BARDOT-2BRIDGE-BARDOT-3-EDITVintage…it’s one of those things that you either have a knack for or don’t. The ladies of Dundas West boutique Bridge + Bardot clearly have that knack. I discovered their shop during a vintage crawl a few months back and was really impressed at how concisely curated it was: flannels of every kind, glam sequined frocks, conversation starting accessories and those perfect mom jeans that you’d need to spend hours foraging for in a Salvation Army. And while I do love ‘real’ thrifting every now and then (and the satisfaction of finding a treasure), I must admit – it’s pretty convenient to ‘cheat’ and have someone else do that rack-scouring step for you!

And great news if you’re not located in Toronto – Bridge + Bardot launched their online shop today so you can shop their finds from wherever you are!

crop top & leather pants; Bridge + Bardot, heels, similar here

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Leather Crop + Culottes


Culottes have to be classified as one of my top 3 most-favoured man repelling garments. I think it’s the silhouette that really gets me. Or the fact that they are so airy and comfy. Whichever it is, I probably wear them more than I should, but it’s chill. I paired these Motel Rocks ones with my all-time favourite croptop and basic Zara sandals (to mimic the clean lines going on above) but AF1’s would be equally as swaggy for daytime.

culottes: Motel Rocks, (here) top: American Apparel (here) sandals: Zara (sold out, similar here)