September 29, 2012

J.Crew Sale!

Have you heard that J.Crew is having a 25% off promo site-wide until Sunday, September 30th? This is your chance to grab some pieces you've been eyeing and incorporate them into your Fall wardrobe. Here's a selection of my picks that would make a great outfit. Now go get yours! Happy shopping! (some exclusions apply, see site for details)


September 28, 2012

Oxblood Peplum & Brocade Denim

{ Oxblood Peplum Top: H&M (similar) // Brocade Denim Skinny Jeans: Zara (similar) // Shoes: Aldo // Bag: Badgley Mischka // Sunglasses: Chanel // Jewelry: JewelMint Avalon Collar necklace & Black Swan cuff; Brandy Melville ring }
{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

I put together this look for Pretty Shiny Sparkly's Bloggers Do It Better challenge, which was to interpret Fall's "it" shade, oxblood. The colour is a deep burgundy/maroon colour with brown undertones and this peplum top matched the description perfectly. I paired it with my new favourite jeans that have a subtle brocade pattern and BAM, three trends in one outfit! Is peplum, oxblood and brocade too much together? Maybe, but I like it and that's what personal style is all about. Let me know what you think in the comments!


September 26, 2012

*X* Marks the Spot

{ Top: H&M // Coated Trousers: Zara // Loafers: Sperry Top-Sider (very similar here) // Bag: Chanel // Sunglasses: Prada // Watch: Michael Kors // Jewelry: OASAP necklace (c/o); HRH Collection Original Ombre bracelet; random rings }

{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

As a style blogger who documents her outfits, I find that I'm always keeping an eye out for new locations to shoot photos. I noticed this spot when I was driving to Eleanor's, and the big "X" literally marked this place as our shoot venue for the day. You'll definitely be seeing this backdrop again in future outfit posts.
(PS: linked up with Marionberry Style today)


September 24, 2012

Monday Muses: Isla Fisher and Elula Cohen

This image of Isla Fisher with her daughter Elula dressed in an adorable ballet leotard really resonates with me because my daughter just started ballet classes, and it's the most adorable sight ever! So of course these two had to be featured in a Monday Muse post. Aren't they the cutest?

For Mama:
1) J. Crew slim-fit brushed-cotton trousers $70.00 CAD
2) Mischa Barton classic shoulder bag $55.00 USD
3) Brigitte Bailey Cagney blouse $27.60 USD
4) Eye Design sunglasses $25.45 USD
5) Bronx Heat of Nite oxford flat $63.95 USD

For Mini-Me:
1) Danskin Now girls' short-sleeve leotard and skirt set $11.97 USD
2) Danshuz deluxe leather ballet slippers $17.95 USD
3) Danz N Motion ballet pink dance tights $8.95 USD

September 21, 2012

Fall Wardrobe Updates

With Fall literally just a sleep away,  I've been on the hunt for pieces that will update my wardrobe for the new season. Riding boots are always a classic choice and a burgundy bag is an easy way to incorporate Fall's "it" colour, oxblood. Don't forget that accessories are the simplest way to modernize your look (how cute is the fox belt?), while sequined chevron and earthy wool provides cozy texture. What Autumn pieces are you looking to add to your closet?

1) J. Crew sequined cotton sweater $124.20 USD
2) Max & Chloe Avanessi One Love brown cord bracelet $275.00 USD
3) BB Dakota Dionne jacket $104.99 USD 
4) Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac in burgundy $200.11 CAD
5) Tory Burch Calista riding boots $495.00 USD
6) ASOS fox buckle skinny waist belt $17.51 CAD


September 19, 2012

Bedazzled Camouflage

{ Camouflage Shirt: Zara // Tee: Brandy Melville // Bandeau: Aritzia // Jeans: Levi's // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Zara // Sunglasses: Karen Walker "Number One" // Watch: Nixon // Jewelry: Spike the Punch necklace; ASOS spike bracelet; cuff from NYC street vendor }

{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

There's nothing like some rhinestones to make camouflage more girly and pretty. This shirt is a great layering piece for transitioning between seasons, and the jewels on the pocket add just the right amount of bedazzled shine. I decided to add a bit more eye candy with a rhinestone necklace, because a girl can never have too much sparkle.


September 17, 2012

Monday Muses: Kimora Lee Simmons & Kenzo Hounsou

We're channeling life in the fab lane with Kimora Lee Simmons and her son, Kenzo, in today's Monday Muse installment. Get their looks below!

For Mama:
1) Wildfox Love Potion No. 9 beach jumper $123.00 USD
2) Xhilaration metal aviator sunglasses $12.99 USD 
3) Cheap Monday second skin jeans $65.00 USD
4) Enzo Angiolini Haver booties $95.99 USD on sale
5) Jessica Simpson Cosmopolitan tote $59.00 USD

For Mini Mister:
1) Carters graphic polo $6.06 CAD
2) Old Navy twill cargos $12 CAD on sale
3) Jack and Lily brogue shoes $30.00 USD

September 14, 2012

Dots and Studs

{ Studded Collar Blouse: Zara // Polka Dot Shorts: Old Navy // Shoes: Tory Burch "Reva" // Bag: Alexander Wang "Rocco" // Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Earrings: Forever 21 }
{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

Kicking off Friday with pretty polka dots and studded hardware on my blouse and bag. Have a great weekend!


September 12, 2012

French Do It Better

I'm completely enamored with all of the sweaters and sweatshirts with adorable French phrases on them. They're chic and cute, plus it's always nice to have a little fun with fashion. Here are my favourite French print picks. Bonne journée!

1) ASOS Très Cool sweater $60.36 USD 
2) Kate Spade Garance Doré studio pullover $128.00 USD
3) Zoe Karssen Oh La La cotton blend jersey sweatshirt $160.00 USD
4) ASOS Bonjour sweater $60.36 USD
5) Zoe Karssen Crème De La Crème sweater $160.00 USD

September 11, 2012


{ Blazer: Zara // Top & Necklace: H&M // Skirt: Forever 21 // Sandals: Cole Haan // Bag: Coach // Sunglasses: Karen Walker }

{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

Feeling ladylike in a tweed blazer, bandage skirt and top knot. If this outfit looks familiar, it's because it was put together for my Closet Confessions feature and I finally had the chance to take it out for a spin. It's always great to have an outfit you styled in your head work well for real life wear.

September 10, 2012

Monday Muses: Kate Hudson & Bingham Bellamy

Hi everyone! Sorry for the slow down in posts this past week but my iPhone was stolen from me late last week so I've been dealing with that. But not to worry, I'm back to my regular blogging schedule this week and I'm kicking it off with Kate Hudson and her son Bingham as today's Monday Muses. Enjoy!

For Mama:
1) Splendid cotton and modal-blend tank $46.00 CAD
2) J.Crew No. 2 stretch cotton-twill pencil skirt $99.00 USD
3) BaubleBar Snow Strands necklace $28.00 USD
4) BonLook Hooverville burgundy sunglasses $99.00 USD
5) Michael Antonio Love Me Suede 2 pumps $49.00 USD
6) Claire's hippie crossbody bag $29.75 CAD


For Mini-Mister:
1) Gap embroidered barn & tractor bodysuit $16.95 CAD
2) Osh Kosh B'Gosh canvas cargo shorts $8.99 USD

September 06, 2012

Insta-Snaps + I See Noise Prints Giveaway Winner

A few photos from my life on Instagram (follow me @marisajoyxo). Left to right:

1) Afternoon treats at Soirette Macarons & Tea
2) The view from our Bowen Island cabin
3) Pink and red bouquet
4) Fashion finds from Old Navy
5) My cat Peanut lounging underneath the ottoman
6) A Starbucks Hibiscus Refresher
7) Salumi platter at Campagnolo
8) Outfit of the Day: lace, denim and nude flats
9) The September issue of Glamour
10) Brunch at Cafe Medina
11) Shoe score from Zara's summer sale
12) My daughter's first pedicure

And now to announce the winner of my I See Noise Prints giveaway...
Congratulations go to Cathryn H.! You will now have your very own Chanel No.5 perfume bottle print in 24K gold! An e-mail has already been sent to you :)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! xo

September 04, 2012

Slip Dressing

{ Dress & Bandeau: LF // Sandals: Fergalicious by Fergie // Bag: Alexander Wang rose gold "Rocco" // Sunglasses: Prada // Jewelry: Janae Chiu necklace; JewelMint Blanc Bomb ring; wrap bracelet from NYC street vendor (similar here) }

{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

This dress definitely channels a nightgown/slip but it's just too pretty to be worn under layers. Substantial pieces like a sturdy black leather bag and caged high heel sandals grounds the airiness of the dress just enough to wear on its own.

On another note, today marks my daughter's very first day of preschool! It's craziness, I tell ya. They really do grow up fast.