Thursday, 30 April 2015

Fanatics x Inemesit

Hi everyone!

I was challenged to put together an outfit featuring one of Fanatics MLB hats. If you don't already know, Fanatics is a leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise and provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans. They focus on everything sports, specializing in apparel that is officially licensed through their Fanatics and FansEdge brands.

I was asked to grab an image of a baseball hat (cap, beanie, fitted, knit)  found on their MLB hats page and use up to 7 additional items to build a sports and athletics inspired outfit! The first thing that came to mind when approached with this fun challenge was "Sports Luxe". In my previous trends for spring and summer 2015 post, I included Sports Luxe as a trend to watch out for this SS15 season. With that in mind, I came up with this ensemble, inspired by the New Era St. Louis Cardinals Fan Clubhouse Flex Hat in white and red:

I personally love this trend. It combines the comfort and versatility of athletic pieces, such as jogger pants and bomber jackets, with more luxurious pieces such as heels and statement accessories. This look was inspired totally by Fanatics' St. Louis Cardinals baseball hat in white and red. It's easy to use a neutral colour, such as black or navy blue, when choosing a baseball hat for an outfit; however, I decided that I wanted some colour in there. I played off the white in the hat by putting together an all white outfit, keeping the ensemble clean and crisp. To add drama to the outfit, while also bringing the red in the baseball hat out, I paired it all with a pair of red strappy heels and a fun, statement clutch. Finally, no outfit is ever complete without some rocking jewelry. I decided to keep it simple, playing off the crispness of the entire ensemble, opting for a double layered gold bar necklace and gold rectangle hoop earrings, tying the gold detail in the statement clutch. 

Fanatics is the perfect go-to location when coming up with an on trend Sports Luxe look. They are the one-stop shop for high quality sports merchandise that can be used to create a wide number of sports luxe and sporty chic ensembles. Whether it be baseball jerseys, which could be worn as a shirt dress and paired with stilettos, or branded accessories that would compliment your sporty chic look, Fanatics is my choice! 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

#MyCalgary - Añejo Restaurant

The #MyCalgary premier post is finally live! I had the amazing opportunity to partner with Añejo Restaurant, a staple in the Calgary foodie scene and home to the city's best margarita. Open for three years this September, Añejo continues to pull in large crowds on a daily basis due to its authentic Mexican inspired cuisine, vibrant environment and a tequila collection that rivals most. With 200+ different types of tequila and a menu filled to the brim with bold, vibrant dishes that transports you to the sunny shores of Mexico, Añejo has quickly become known as the face of 4th street. 

It is for these reasons, and more, that I chose Añejo to be the face of #MyCalgary's first post. The atmosphere created within its walls is one that truly emanates Calgary's welcoming spirit. The entire staff go over and beyond to ensure that every experience is a unique one, and the diverse crowds that flock to its doors speaks volumes to the experience Añejo has come to be known for. I have put together a multifaceted post that touches on Añejo's menu in the Dish on the Food portion, sheds light on the brain behind the culinary wonders through an interview in the Chat with the Chef and discusses the overall feel of the restaurant in the Complete Package. 

My goal by the end of this post is to make you fall in love with this uniquely authentic restaurant the same way I did when I first walked through Añejo's doors.

The Dish on the Food

Añejo's menu is a culinary masterpeice. It takes aspects that are unique to Mexican cuisine and puts an ingenious spin on them, creating favourable and adventurous dishes. Browsing through the menu, it is easy to appreciate the thought and culinary prowess that went into creating it. Each dish is more unique than the last, taking you on a mouthwatering culinary journey. Chef Matt Davidson, Chef de Cuisine at Añejo, was gracious enough to prepare three meals for me to try out. Let's just say I left the restaurant as one happy camper! 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

#MyCalgary - An Introduction

Calgary, Alberta - the city known mainly for its rocking cowboy stampede festivities and beautiful, scenic views. To me, however, Calgary is so much more than that. It is a vibrant city that continues to surprise me every day. Steeped in arts and culture, and bound by an unrivalled sense of communal pride, Calgary is a city that is uniquely itself in the best way possible. In less than a year of living in this beautiful city, I have discovered the most amazing places and experienced an array of exquisite things. I know I’ve only scratched the surface with regards to what this beautiful city holds, and it has become my task to share my journey of discovery with you through #MyCalgary.

#MyCalgary is a new branch of my blog that will focus on showcasing this amazing city through the eyes of its inhabitants. It is my way to give back to a city that has already influenced me in such positive ways in so little time. I want to explore Calgary, truly finding its heartbeat, and share my experiences on this platform. #MyCalgary will be comprised of interviews with business owners, restaurant chefs and entrepreneurs who are currently shaping Calgary's landscape, as well as reviews of events that I attend in the city.

The ultimate goal of #MyCalgary is to create a platform through which our Calgary can be showcased. I want locals to be proud of the city we live in, using #MyCalgary to show their own unique experiences within the city. I want this to evolve into a network, connecting likeminded Calgarians and cultivating a shared experience within the city. I see Calgary’s true potential and I want to share this vision through my blog.

Stay tuned for the first instalment of #MyCalgary where I partner up with Añejo restaurant, located on 4th street. I will be chatting with the head chef, Chef Matt, about his inspirations, as well as reviewing some of the dishes he made for me!   

Monday, 20 April 2015

Curvy Corporate Pt. 2

Michel Studio Printed Pleated Skirt - Addition Elle | Pink Multi-Stone Necklace  - Addition Elle
 Forest Green Silk Blouse c/o Lord & Taylor | Vamp Cut Out Ankle Strap Heels - New Look

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Curvy Corporate Pt. 1

Michel Studio 3/4 Sleeve Blazer - Addition Elle | Michel Studio Mandarin Collar Blouse - Addition ElleMichel Studio Printed Ankle Pant - Addition Elle | Shoes c/o Payless | Jewelry c/o Tiffany Co. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Lady in Red

Pencil Skirt in Velvet - Asos Curve | Crochet Body Suit - Asos Curve
Oxblood Oversized Coat c/o Addition Elle