A WEEKEND IN OTTAWA – OOTD

Outfit of the Day
Hat – Urban Planet
Poncho – (Gift)
Belt – H&M
Jeans – Calvin Klein
Ankle Boots – Steve Madden



This was my first time in Ottawa. Although I have been in Canada for over eleven years I have never visited the capital. This was an amazing weekend. The thing with short getaways is the limited time I have to see the city. I was able to see some touristic points and downtown Ottawa. Since I am a huge city girl I can’t miss what the center of the city has to offer.
The main purpose of my getaway was to go to the Embassy of Angola to take care of some documentation. As I mentioned on my “About” page I was born in Luanda, Angola. I needed to go to the embassy because my Angolan passport is expired. Having a dual citizenship I like to be on top of things and make sure my documentation is up to date.

Downtown Ottawa

Embassy of Angola, Ottawa 

My food suggestion if you are in Ottawa for any seafood lover check out:

The Fish Market Restaurant
54 York Street, Ottawa, ON
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New York City. Denim Dungaree Dress

Dungaree Dress – Forever 21
Camel Coat – H&M
Black Fitted Dress (wearing underneath) – H&M
Purse – Kate Spade
Non-Prescription Glasses – Icing
Ankle Boots – Steve
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Chocker – Aldo

Hello readers!
I know it has been a while but I am back! Another short trip. It seems that lately my trips have become small getaways. But I enjoy quick vacations too. The only problem is the “I don’t want to leave” feeling that I get when I have a great time on vacation.
Well I have been to New York City before but every time I come to the Big Apple I always have new experiences in terms of the places I visit and the restaurants I go to. There is a lot to do in New York City and that’s  why I love this city.
Today my pictures were taken at the famous restaurant Gallow Green. This rooftop bar at the top of the McKittrick Hotel offers a breath taking scenario with its earthy atmosphere. The staff are very friendly, delicious food and live music. For just $30 you can enjoy all you can eat brunch on the weekends and live music. I would recommend making a reservation. I went in the fall and the restaurant was very busy I can only imagine how busy this place might be summer time.

Gallow Green
542 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001 b/t 11th Ave & 10th Ave Chelsea       
https://mckittrickhotel.com/gallowgreen

Outfit:
Ladies, here is a tip for those cool days: Wear a fitted dress under a dress when its cold.
I like to look good but being warm is my priority. Today was a mild fall day but since I am wearing a denim dress I decided to wear the black fitted dress underneath for comfort and warmth. Keep in mind the material and style of the dress you choose to wear since a lot of dresses can’t be worn with a dress underneath.
Another tip: Don’t be afraid of alterations.
If you really like something, and believe that you will wear often but perhaps it needs to be altered do so if you think will be worth it. I had to take in two sizes down in the waist of my dungaree dress but I was very with the result. A lot of times I end up altering my clothes which can be expensive sometimes. But I alter pieces that I really like and can’t find it in my size.

 

LAVELLE TORONTO

I have promised my readers more posts from Lisbon. But since I have been back home for a while I wanted to give my readers a break from my Portugal trip and updated you all on some of the things I have been doing lately.
I enjoy discovering new places in the summer, and today was no different. Lavelle is a luxurious restaurant, with a lounge area, pool and an outdoor bar roof top. Sitting 16 stories high Lavelle has one of the best views of the escarpments and the famous CN Tower due to the great location. What do I like about this place? Well first of all I enjoy patient and friendly service. The workers really make an effort in giving customers the full Lavelle experience by being very informative and suiting your needs specially regarding reservations.
Taste some of the most refined cosine by famous chef Romain Avril and don’t forget to make reservations way ahead in advance because this place is always packed specially in the summer. Come picture ready and don’t forget to take that Instagram perfect shot.

For more information pleased check out Lavelle’s website at http://chezlavelle.com/










THE LOOK
TOP – H&M
JEANS – GUESS
HEELS – ZARA
PURSE – ALDO
SUNGLASSES – CALL IT SPRING

Cascais – Lisbon, Portugal

Within approximately 31km away from Lisbon you will find this old and new style homes municipal called Cascais. A very prestigious area full of beautiful historical sculptures, amazing restaurants, shops, the Cascais Shopping and of course the breath taking Cascais beach.
A lot of the rich and famous live in Cascais. Many influential people in  Portugal prefer this quiet area to live and relax, over downtown Lisbon.
Portugal’s constructions are a mix of modern and ancient infrastructures. The beautiful colors of Cascais are very captivating for locals and even more for tourists because at times gives you the sense of being in an older historic town with a modern twist.
Although my main reason to come to Portugal was for the gastronomy, I was too busy eating and forgot to document majority of the food. My next post I will talk about the amazing places I have eaten at and some more site seeing I did while I was there.



Hotel Baia
Avenida Maginal, 2754-509, Cascais, Portugal

The Eatery at the Baia Hotel

The Restaurant inside Baia Hotel



Cascais Beach

What am I wearing ?|
Opening image main photo bathing suit from Victoria Secret, Jacket – Zara, Top – Garage, Leggings – Forever 21, Running shoes – Nike

 

WORK WEAR

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Lets talk Work Wear! When it comes to work wear, I am a firm believer in making the work attire as personalized as possible. I say this because many times I see people in dress pants and dressy bottom up shirts and they don’t look like they are having fun with it.

Fashion needs to be fun. If you work in the office, at a bank or another administration sector try to find out first the proper work attire. In many places for example, wearing this Calvin Klein t-shirt is not acceptable due to the fact that many businesses don’t want advertisements logos/brands from other companies advertised when they are not affiliated. Whereas in some companies bringing out your personality through your attire is seen as something very cool as long as you don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself.

Perhaps what you can do different in this look is adding a blazer or even a leather jacket (without too many embellishments of course)  and you are set for the office. I took the approach of wearing my jacket that can be worn indoors without giving a heavy feel. I tend to wear my coats unbuttoned to appear to be  oversize since is very trendy now.

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Work Wear attire doesn’t need to age you. Always try to incorporate fun and elegant looks at your place of work because it tells a lot about yourself.

I am not a restaurant manager, this look was shot during happy hour at an amazing restaurant which I have provided the link at the bottom and

Jackson Landing

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T-Shirt – Calvin Klein
Grey Jacket – H&M
Black Pants – H&M
Heels – Similar
Purse – H&M

 

 

Summer Fun: Port Dover

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Port Dover is an amazing place to relax after a long work week. Known specially for Friday the 13th and Labour Day long weekend; bikers find this small town the go to place on those days to show off their most exotics motorcycles and cars.
Port Dover’s main attraction of course is its nature. The lake makes many people dream of a tropical destination. This place is very relaxing and beautiful. Perfect for picnics, walks by the beach, sports on the sand and much more. Don’t forget your sunscreen, and enjoy this hot spot Ontario has to offer before summer ends!
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Bodysuit: LaSenza
Skirt: Aritzia
Earrings: Aldo
Sandals: Aldo

Summer Fun: The Taste of Danforth

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I styled my jumpsuit to be more relaxed for the taste of Danforth. I appreciate outfits that I can dress up or down. The Taste of Danforth is a Greek festival that happens annually in Toronto. Greek food at its finest! Other nationalities bring their cultural food to showcase at this massive street food festival as well. Besides the main focus which is delicious foods, the taste of Danforth also has rides for young ones, live shows for all ages, contests, free things, Greek music and much more. So keep in mind of this festival and be part of thousands of people that come and enjoy this amazing festival.

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures I shared while at the Taste of Danforth. I am in love with this jumpsuit from Forever21. Although not available anymore I still provided the link for the Forever21 website where similar jumpsuits can be found. This jumpsuit is so comfortable. Since I am a high heel kind of girl, I like how long this jumpsuit is because I can wear it with flats or heels. I have to be honest I was disappointed when I put this jumpsuit in the dryer. It shrank 20%. So I recommend not to put it in the dryer, just air dry it. But thanks to Google and all the DIY people share, I hope all the methods I saw on how to stretch clothes will make my jumpsuit look good again. 

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Shoes – Aldo
Jumpsuit – Forever21
Mini Clutch – Victoria Secret
Jewellery – Suzy Cheer

Quality vs Price Tag

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So for the longest time I kept looking for this jacket from Zara. Every time I wanted the jacket it was sold out. So now it’s back in stores and I just couldn’t pass it this time. The dilemma was the price vs quality. The same jacket came in faux leather and real genuine leather. The faux leather is $89 and the real one is $199. I kept thinking do I get the fake one since it’s cheaper or the real one although a bit much but will last me a long time?

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Well if you know me well already I LOVE  a good quality piece (I had to stress out the word love by writing in capital letters). Sometimes I just have to close my eyes and get the item with good quality. I would prefer to buy something a little more expensive if I know that it will be durable and I can wear a lot of times.

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Leather Jacket – Zara
Leather Jacket – Zara.com
White Plain T Shirt – Zara
Jeans: H&M
Heels: Call it Spring
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelets/ Forever 21
Sunglasses: Mendocino

 

 

Khaki Inspired

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One of the biggest trends right now is khaki. I have been seeing this colour so much that it has become my favorite colour at the moment. It’s so easy to style. It’s not overpowering, khaki is  simply classy. To me this colour screams fall but spring is right around the  corner and I am still seeing this colour in a lot of stores. Apparently khaki has been in style for quiet sometime. But I have only got into it right now. So I have been feeling like buying everything in this colour now.

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Lately jewellery hasn’t been the focus of my outfits. I wear a lot of small rings that I usually shop at Forever21. I tend to forget to take up close photos of the jewellery I am wearing. I promise to start doing that more often. I am enjoying sharing my fashion sense so much on the blog and I hope you readers are too.

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Shirt dress – Forever 21 (http://www.forever21.com/shop/ca/en/p/d-ring-belt-shirt-dress-2000161753022–1001)
Rings – Forever 21
Jeans & Watch – Michael Kors
Shoes, necklace & Purse – Aldo
Sunglasses – Zara

 

The Chicago Experience – Burgundy

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Today was another adventurous day in Chicago. I am in love with this city and its touristic sites. I went to the Navy Pier today, such a beautiful view, thousands of people come from all over the world to visit the Ferris Wheels, the IMAX theater, and the Chicago’s Children Museum also at Navy Pier. One of the places that you can’t miss when you come to Chicago is the TRUMP Tower located right at the center of the city. The Terrance at Trump is the restaurant with one of the best views in the city The view is breathtaking and the food is amazing. You can’t go to Chicago and miss this amazing spot. My OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) was inspired by one of the colours that screams fall, burgundy. This colour has been emphasized all over fall’s fashion runways and in a lot of my favorite stores. I hope you guys enjoy the look. Run as things are still in stores!!!

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The Terrance at Trump

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The View From The Terrance at the Trump

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Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

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Hat – Forever 21
Dress – Guess
Shoes – Le Chateau
Bag – Aldo
Necklace – Aldo
Watch – Michael Kors